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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3238

(Question No. 573)


Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Attorney-General, 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 account of:

(a) the Department; and

(b) by 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 Gareth Evans —The Attorney-General has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

$

(1) (a)

Attorney-General's Department...

12,000

(b)

Legal Aid Commission (Australian Capital Territory)...

804

Trade Practices Commission...

8,000

National Companies and Securities Commission...

10,600

Institute of Family Studies...

1,000

Human Rights Commission...

1,000

Australian Institute of Criminology...

3,000

Law Reform Commission...

700

Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions...

8,000

High Court of Australia...

5,000

Office of Parliamentary Counsel...

1,500

(2) (a) and (b) The guidelines in force as at 1 September 1985 for expenditure on hospitality/entertainment are Section 13 of the Finance Directions (Expenditure on Hospitality) and Department of Finance Circular 1981/6 (Expenditure by Officials on Hospitality).

(3) In accordance with Department of Finance Circular 1985/18 (Reform of the Australian Taxation System), all official entertainment expenses incurred on and from 20 September 1985, are being recorded and monitored to ensure that any retrospective tax liability adjustment that may be necessary can be made.