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Tuesday, 17 September 1985
Page: 621

Senator SHEIL —My question is directed to the Minister for Finance. I note from the 1984 review of the Remuneration Tribunal that many senior public servants receive an expense of office allowance of $3,800 per annum. Does the Minister believe that an allowance of this order is appropriate for such office bearers? Has there been any proposal to protect allowances to that level from a fringe benefits tax and, if so, what was the origin of any such proposal?

Senator WALSH —I did not think that we would have two people trying to pull on something like this in one day. I will not respond in specific terms to a question like that; I expect Senator Sheil will get the answer in about 27 hours time. I will say that what the Government has attempted to do in relation to cash or non-cash fringe benefits is to apply the same principles to the public sector as have been applied to the private sector.