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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 100

(Question No. 587)


Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs, upon notice, on 8 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) by 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 Grimes —The Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The sums allocated in 1985/86 for hospitality/entertainment are:

(a) $8,000 the Department

(b) (i) $1,500 Committee on Overseas Professional Qualifications

(ii) $500 Immigration Review Panel

(iii) Nil National Population Council

(iv) $2,000 Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs

(2) The guidelines in force as at 1 September 1985 for expenditure from the hospitality/entertainment account are as follows:

(a) The Departmental guidelines for hospitality/entertainment expenditure are in accordance with Finance Directions 13/1 and 13/2, and Finance Guidelines 13/1 to 13/14.

(b) (i) (ii) and (iii) all adhere to same guidelines as the Department. i.e. Finance Directions 13/1 and 13/2 and Finance Guidelines 13/1 to 13/14.

(iv) The Australian Institute of Multicultural Affairs Policies and Procedures Manual requires that hospitality/entertainment expenditure be only incurred or reimbursed in cases where that expenditure advances the operation, objects or functions of the Institute.

(3) Following the Statement by the Treasurer ``Reform of the Australian Taxation System'' on 19 September 1985 the action undertaken by the Department and each and every Statutory Authority for which I have responsibility has been in accordance with Finance Circular 1985/18. Details of all hospitality/entertainment expenditure are held so that when rules governing the liability for tax are settled any necessary transfer of funds can occur.