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Tuesday, 4 March 1980
Page: 537

Senator Grimes asked the Minister representing the Treasurer, upon notice, on 14 November 1979:

(   1 ) How much money was saved to the Treasury in: (a) 1977-78: and (b) 1978-79, by taxing the spouse and children's allowances of: (i) unemployment beneficiaries: and (ii) special beneficiaries.

(2)   How much money was saved to the Treasury in: (a) 1977-78: and (b) 1978-79 by taxing the spouse and children 's allowances and supplementary allowances of sickness beneficiaries.

Senator Carrick - The Treasurer has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(   I ) and (2) Spouse and child allowances and supplementary allowances received by taxable individuals who are recipients of unemployment benefits, special benefits and sickness benefits are not distinguished from other unemployment and sickness benefits in the income tax statistics. Reliable estimates of the money that was saved to the Treasury by taxing these benefits are therefore not available.

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