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Friday, 6 December 1985
Page: 3239

(Question No. 588)


Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Social Security, 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) 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) and (b) $3,000. This includes provision for the office of the Commissioner for Commonwealth Government Employees Compensation.

(2) These are contained in Finance Directions 13/1 and 2 and Guidelines 1-14 to Section 13 of those Directions. These are available from the Parliamentary Library for reference purposes.

(3) The rules governing liability for the proposed new tax provisions have not been settled. Until this occurs the Department will record and monitor entertainment expenses so that appropriate action can be taken when required.