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Wednesday, 16 June 2010
Page: 3440

Senator FIFIELD (Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate) (11:14 AM) —I have a question in follow-up to that from Senator Williams. Senator Stephens indicated that she had written advice from each of the state treasurers that paid parental leave would not be subject to payroll tax. Could the minister indicate whether she has also received advice from each of the territory treasurers and could she table the advice she has received from treasurers.

What the minister shared with the chamber before was news to this side of the chamber because, when the question had been specifically asked by the opposition during briefings, departmental officers were unable to answer that question. So I ask the minister whether the territories have also provided advice and whether that advice could be tabled.