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Wednesday, 10 September 2003
Page: 19765

Mr SLIPPER (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration) (7:26 PM) —There is a great deal that I could say in relation to the matters mentioned by the member for Kingston but, given that we are short of time—

Mrs Crosio —We won't divide tonight; we will divide tomorrow.

Mr SLIPPER —I hear the interjection by my friend the Chief Opposition Whip. I just want to point out that schedule 3 of the bill contains a provision to require that specifically listed deductible gift recipients be prescribed by regulation from 1 July 2003. In order to be a deductible gift recipient, an organisation or fund must either fall within one of the general deductible gift recipient categories set out in the gift provisions of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 or be specifically listed under those provisions. Organisations that fall within the general deductible gift provisions will not be affected.

Under current law, organisations that do not fall under the general categories may achieve deductible gift recipient status by being specifically listed in the gift provisions of the act. This bill contains a provision requiring that specifically listed deductible recipients be prescribed by regulation rather than by a legislative amendment to the act. The member for Kingston wants these matters specifically to continue to be listed in the act, but the government's proposal allows continued scrutiny by the parliament—particularly by the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances—and will make the process less administratively costly and more timely.

For the organisations that benefit from being listed, the process of achieving specific listing will not change. That is, each organisation will still be considered by the government on a case-by-case basis. Endorsement as a deductible gift recipient is a separate process from endorsement as a charity. An organisation's deductible gift recipient status is not connected with its charitable status. Deductible gift recipient status will not be affected by the Charities Bill 2003—I can say a lot about that but, regrettably, we do not have time for me to do so—which will define charities and charitable purpose. We oppose the amendments moved by the opposition.