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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 472

Senator GEORGES (QUEENSLAND) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Treasurer. It refers to an answer that was given to me by the Treasurer about a taxation matter concerning the Deputy Commissioner of Taxation in New South Wales and Patrick Partners.

Senator Withers - Does the honourable senator intend to apologise?

Senator GEORGES - In due course. Was an assessment made against Patrick Partners by the Deputy Commissioner in New South Wales? Was that assessment objected to by Patrick Partners? Was that objection overruled? Was there a subsequent appeal by Patrick Partners? Was that appeal rejected? Was the matter referred to the Commissioner of Taxation? Was the matter then under consideration by the Commissioner of Taxation? Subsequent to an appointment being made by Mr Dowling of Patrick Partners with the Prime Minister, Mr McMahon, was the assessment withdrawn? Since the tax assessment is reputed to be in the vicinity of $2. 5m, will the Treasurer state clearly why the matter was not referred to a court for determination so that full disclosure of the principles and policies involved could take place for the benefit of all taxpayers, especially those who may have been similarly assessed?

Senator COTTON - I think that in matters of taxation one should be extremely careful because people's reputations are involved. The reputation of the Commissioner of Taxation is involved. The sanctity and security of his work are involved. Accordingly, I would require the question to be placed on notice so that the Treasurer can obtain the appropriate answers.

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