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Wednesday, 26 November 1980
Page: 29

Senator WATSON (TASMANIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Treasurer. I acknowledge that foremost among Treasurer John Howard's priorities is the prevention of tax avoidance. To further that purpose will he consider appropriate additional appointments to the top echelon of the Australian Taxation Office or will he second specialists from the private sector with the intention of introducing at the earliest possible date a revision of section 260 of the Income Tax Assessment Act dealing with anti-avoidance provisions?

Senator Dame MARGARET GUILFOYLE - I will refer that question to the Treasurer. Whether he will consider seeking the appointment of further expertise in these matters either in the Taxation Office or in the Department of the Treasury is something on which I cannot comment on his behalf. With regard to the introduction of amendments to the Income Tax Assessment Act, I think he has already foreshadowed that many of these matters will be under close consideration.

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