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Thursday, 18 August 2005
Page: 273


Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, in writing, on 26 May 2005:

Further to the answer to question No. 13 (Hansard, 23 May 2005, page 94), of the 26 members of the judiciary who, at 13 February 2005, had failed to lodge an income tax return for 2002-2003, what is the breakdown of (a) Federal judges or magistrates and (b) State/Territory judges or magistrates, by State and Territory.


Mr Costello (Treasurer) —The Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer has provided the followng answer to the honourable member’s question:

In preparing the response to this question the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) utilised the relevant data of practicing members of the legal profession. The population was identified by matching ATO records against records held by the regulators of the legal profession. *It has subsequently been confirmed that one taxpayer from the originally reported group of 26 was incorrectly recorded as a magistrate.

(a) and (b) The numbers of Judges and Magistrates with 2003 Income Tax return overdue as at February 2005 are as follows:

Jurisdiction

Total

Federal

4

NSW

10

NT

1

SA

2

VIC

6

WA

2

Total

25*

Of these 25 it is noted that 8 were not active presiding members of the judiciary at February 2005.

All current presiding judges and magistrates have subsequently lodged their income tax returns for 2003.