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Friday, 26 May 1989
Page: 2780

To the Honourable the President and members of the Senate in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth that:

1. The Australian Taxation Office disregarded its privacy obligations to the citizens of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory in February, by sending an admitted 55,000 to 77,000 tax file number letters to people who were either deceased or had changed address.

2. The Australian Taxation Office disregarded its privacy obligations to the citizens of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory in March, by sending an admitted 29,000 to 58,000 tax file number letters to people who were either deceased or had changed address.

3. The Australian Taxation Office disregarded its privacy obligations by sending out a large number of tax file number letters during March in unsealed envelopes.

4. The Australian Taxation Office extended the deadline for employee declarations beyond the 31st of March as defined by section 202c (4) (a) of the Taxation Laws Amendment (Tax File Numbers) Act 1988, but failed to obtain a Proclamation from the Governor-General for this extension as stipulated by section 202c (4) (b) of the Act.

5. The Australian Taxation Office, in its implementation of the tax file number system, has failed to abide by the provisions of both the Privacy Act 1988 and the Taxation Laws Amendment (Tax File Numbers) Act 1988.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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