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Wednesday, 28 October 1970

Mr Kirwan asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1)   Can country people claim as taxation deductions travelling expenses incurred in obtaining specialist medical care.

(2)   If not, has provision of such an allowance been considered by the Government.

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

(1)   Under the present law travelling expenses associated with medical treatment are not allowable as deductions for income tax purposes.

(2)   The question of allowing such expenses has been examined many times, the most recent being when the 1970-71 Budget was in preparation. Although the Government has not seen fit to date to propose their allowance, the matter will be kept under review.

Australian Capital Territory: Consumer Protection (Question No. 2060)

Mr Enderby asked the Minister for the

Interior, upon notice:

(1)   Did the Government during the recent byelection in the Australian Capital Territory announce that ft intended to introduce consumer protection legislation.

(2)   If so, what steps have been taken to draw up the legislation, and when will it be introduced.

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

(1)   Yes.

(2)   A draft of the proposed legislation has been prepared and is being examined. At this stage no date can be given for the introduction of the legislation.

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