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Thursday, 1 May 1980
Page: 2013

Senator COLSTON (QUEENSLAND) - I direct my question to the Minister representing the Treasurer. I refer to an editorial which appeared in the Age on 7 April 1980 which suggested that appeals for foreign aid be granted the same tax deductibility as that enjoyed by domestic charities. Does the Government have any plans to widen the tax deductible status of appeals for overseas aid beyond that already granted for the Kampuchea appeal and for the Red Cross appeal for East Timor famine victims?

Senator CARRICK (NEW SOUTH WALES) (Vice-President of the Executive Council) - Successive governments of differing philosophies have maintained an attitude towards tax deductibility of foreign aid and only limited areas have been granted. It was in recent times that donations to the Kampuchea and East Timor appeals were granted tax deductibility. Any further decision would be a matter for policy and I am not competent to comment on that aspect. I will bring the matter to the attention of the Treasurer.

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