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Tuesday, 31 August 1993
Page: 633

Senator GIBSON —My question is directed to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Is it a fact that the recently proposed extension of the fringe benefits tax now means that employers will be obligated to pay FBT on education and training fees paid for an employee?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I will need to check the answer to that question. It is one properly directed to the minister representing the Treasurer. I do not have a brief on it and I do not carry the information around in my head, but I will be delighted to give the honourable senator an answer as soon as I can.

Senator GIBSON —Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. If this is the case, is this not just another example of a government adding cost burdens to employers?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I think the editorial is a little premature until we get the actual report.