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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3239

(Question No. 575)


Senator Withers asked the Minister for Community Services, upon notice, on 8 October 1985:

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

(a) the Department; and

(b) 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 Grimes —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) (a) $10,000, (b) Not Applicable

(2) The guidelines in force as at 1 September 1985 for expenditure on official entertainment were as stated in Finance Directions 13/1 and 13/2, and Guidelines 13/1 to 13/14.

(3) Official entertainment expenses are being recorded and monitored so that when the rules governing the liability for the new tax are settled, the necessary transfer of funds to revenue can occur.