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Tuesday, 10 March 1970
Page: 269

Mr Webb (STIRLING, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

Will the Government give consideration to including ambulance transport expenses with medical expenses as an allowable tax deduction.

Mr Bury - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

A number of representations have been received for amendment of the law to allow deductions for income tax purposes for ambulance transport expenses. lt is the Government's practice to examine the many requests that have been made for taxation concessions when it is preparing the annual Budget. The representation made by the honourable member will be considered when the 1970-71 Budget is being drawn up.

Embassies in Australia (Question No. 12)

Mr Calwell asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice:

(1)   What Embassies accredited to the Commonwealth of Australia have not yet established their headquarters in Canberra.

(2)   Is he able to say why these Embassies have not established their headquarters in the national capital.

(3)   Are any steps under consideration to persuade Embassies concerned to establish themselves in Canberra; if so, what steps.

(4)   In what city or cities, other than Canberra, is any Ambassador or are any Ambassadors located.

Mr McMahon (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for External Affairs) - I assume that the honourable member's question refers to Embassies established in Australia at locations outside Canberra, and not to non-resident Ambassadors who are dually accredited to Australia. If this is so, the answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   and (4) The Embassy of Lebanon, which is in Sydney.

(2)   Lebanon had a Consulate-General in Sydney. It was converted into an Embassy in February 1968, and it was agreed at thai time that the Embassy would be removed to Canberra within a reasonable period. It is still the intention of the Lebanese Government to move the Embassy to Canberra.

(3)   The Department of External Affairs has been discussing with the Embassy the moving of the Embassy to Canberra.

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