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Thursday, 16 February 2017
Page: 1137

Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (11:48): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: Senators from all sides of politics spend their electorate allowances on a number of different areas in the course of their electorate duties, including supporting many worthwhile local community groups and causes. The electorate allowance is determined by the independent Remuneration Tribunal. It is up to each senator to acquit their expenditure with the Australian Taxation Office, consistent with their ruling on such matters, and the government believes that each senator should abide by these requirements.