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Tuesday, 26 November 1985
Page: 2311

(Question No. 593)


Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Science, upon notice, on Wednesday, 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 account 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 Button —The Minister for Science has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The sums allocated in the current financial year for hospitality/entertainment which may be expended are:

(a) By my Department-$19,000; and

(b) By Statutory Authorities within my portfolio:

(i) Anglo-Australian Telescope Board-$100

(ii) Australian Institute of Marine Science-$7,000

(iii) Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation-$58,500

(iv) National Standards Commission-Nil.

(2) Guidelines in force as at 1 September 1985 for expenditure from the hospitality/entertainment account were:

(a) the Department: Finance Direction Section 13/1 and 13/2 and Guidelines Nos 1 to 14; and

(b) Statutory Authorities: Finance Direction Section 13/1 and 13/2 and Guidelines Nos 1 to 14.

(3) In accordance with advice received from the Department of Finance, my Department and Authorities within my portfolio will record and monitor expenses incurred for entertainment pending finalisation of the rules governing the liability for such tax, at which time the necessary transfer of funds to Revenue can occur.