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Thursday, 25 November 1999
Page: 12704

Mr REITH (Workplace Relations and Small Business) (3:17 PM) —Mr Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.

Mr SPEAKER —The minister may proceed.

Mr REITH —I was asked about translation services in the new tax system. I have made some inquiries about that. Quite a lot of the material is in fact being translated—advertisements, fact sheets and the like. It is true that some technical documents are not translated. That is entirely consistent with the practice of the Taxation Office for many years, including when the opposition was in office. However, we now have the widest spread of communities ever targeted in a single campaign. Furthermore, we have very useful assistance available to people through the Translating and Interpreting Service. That phone number is 131450.

I was asked about New York. They do have a retail sales tax in New York of eight per cent, and it is on books. Furthermore, you do not get a rebate for any tax paid.