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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2306

(Question No. 598)


Senator Withers asked the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 9 October 1985:

(1) What sum is allocated in the current financial year for hospitality/entertainment which may be expended:

(a) by the Department; and

(b) by each and every Statutory Authority for which the Minister has responsibility.

(2) What were the guidelines in force as at 1 September 1985 for expenditure from the hospitality/entertainment accounts of:

(a) the Department; and

(b) each and every Statutory Authority for which the Minister has responsibility.

(3) Following upon the Statement by the Treasurer ``Reform of the Australian Taxation System'' on 19 September 1985 what action is proposed in relation to questions 1 and 2.


Senator Gietzelt —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) (a) An amount of $3,500 has been allocated in 1985/86 to the Secretary of my Department for him, or other officers with his prior approval, to spend on official entertainment and hospitality.

(b) The Australian War Memorial has allocated $9,000 of its running expenses in 1985/86 to the Director and Assistant Directors for entertainment, gifts and donations on behalf of the Australian War Memorial. The Defence Service Homes Corporation and the Office of Australian War Graves do not allocate funds for official entertainment or hospitality.

(2) (a) (b) The guidelines in force as at 1 September 1985 are those issued by the Department of Finance, contained in Finance Guidelines 13/1 to 13/14 and Finance Directions 13/1, 13/2 of the `Finance Manual'.

(3) Finance Circular 1985/18 requested departments and authorities to record and monitor entertainment expenses. This will enable the necessary transfer of funds to Revenue to occur when the rules governing the liability for the new tax provisions are settled.