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Thursday, 18 August 2005
Page: 164


Mr Murphy asked the Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer, in writing, on 17 November 2004:

(1)   Is he aware that the Police Association of New South Wales is seeking a fairer and more equitable method of calculating the superannuation surcharge for NSW police who are members of the Police Superannuation Scheme.

(2)   Is he aware that police officers who are members of the Police Superannuation Scheme are excluded from the Workers’ Compensation Act 1987 and that they are experiencing abnormally high levels of retirement on medical grounds.

(3)   Is he aware that members who remain in the Police Superannuation Scheme are required to pay an ever-increasing surcharge contribution.

(4)   Will he review the Government’s policy to allow the Commissioner of Taxation to make changes to the calculation of the surcharge for affected police to ensure fairness and equity with other occupations; if not, why not.


Mr Brough (Minister for Revenue and Assistant Treasurer) —The answer to the honourable member’s question is as follows:

(1)   to (4) Yes, I am aware of the campaign by the Police Association of New South Wales for approval of an alternative method for determining their members’ surchargeable employer contributions. I have met with the Police Association of New South Wales and discussed the matter in more detail. Whilst the issue is due largely to the structure of the fund - a matter for NSW - the Treasurer has announced the abolition of the superannuation surcharge. I note the Australian Labor Party oppose the abolition of the superannuation surcharge.