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Tuesday, 8 November 1977
Page: 3137

Mr Martin asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   What is the additional amount which has been collected in PA YE income tax instalments since the introduction of the new family allowances scheme and the discontinuance of the tax deduction for dependent children.

(2)   What period does this cover.

(3)   What is the expected expenditure during the year ended 30 June 1 977 under the family allowances scheme.

(4)   What would have been the expected expenditure under the previous rates payable for child endowment

Mr Lynch - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(   1 ) and (2) Available statistics do not reveal the numbers of employees who claimed rebates for dependent children and students in reduction of their tax instalment deductions. It is estimated, however, that employees would have been entitled to rebates of $530m in assessments in respect of the 1976-77 income year if rebates had been allowed at the levels that applied for 1975-76.

(3)   The total outlay on family allowances in the 1976-77 financial year was $ 1 ,027.2m.

(4)   The estimate provided by the Department of Social Security is that, on the assumption that the previous conditions of eligibility as well as the previous rates of child endowment had been maintained, the full-year cost of child endowment would have been some $230m. This cost estimate is based on the estimated number of families with children under 16 years of age and families with student children aged 16 years to 20 years at 30 June 1977.

Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs: Meetings with Mr Massimino Del Prete (Question No. 743)

Mr E G Whitlam (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) am asked the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 27 April 1977:

On what occasions and for what purposes has he:

(a)   met Mr Massimino Del Prete,

(b)   spoken to him,

(c)   sent, communications himself or through others to him, and

(d)   received communications from him directly or through others.

Mr MacKellar - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:


To the best of my knowledge and recollection I first met Mr Massimino Del Prete in the latter half of 1975.

Since then I have met and spoken to him on some three or four occasions.

On all occasions the discussion centred on matters relating to the ethnic Press.

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