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From: Norton, Tim (Sen R. Siewert) Sent: Wednesday, 18 June 2008 5:38 PM Subject: Greens refer charity tax changes to inquiry

Senator Rachel Siewert Australian Greens Senator for WA

MEDIA RELEASE

Wednesday 18th June 2008

Greens refer charity tax changes to inquiry  

The Australian Greens today expressed their concerns over the changes to income calculations  that will inadvertently hit low‐paid charity workers.  

“Charities and other non‐government organisations have traditionally used salary packaging to  compensate workers for low wages,” said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.  

“Changes to income calculations will raise the employee’s salary for the purpose of assessing  relevant amounts of family benefits, effectively resulting in a cut in income for what is already a  poorly remunerated group.”  

“The Greens are concerned about the impacts this will have on the ability of charitable  organisations with limited budgets to provide decent wages and conditions to hard working staff.  This is why I moved earlier this week to have the issue referred to a Senate committee for inquiry,  which today the Senate agreed to,” she said.  

“We expect the Government to take note of the evidence from not‐for‐profit organisations  presented to the inquiry this Friday, and act quickly on any recommendations made on how to fix  this mess,” said Senator Siewert.  

“We are aware that it was the Coalition who originally proposed these changes but the ALP came  to power with a commitment to work better with the community sector. We all know that a strong 

community sector is essential to civil society.”   

The Greens believe that the best way forward may be to temporarily overturn the 2006 changes to  stop the immediate impact on not‐for‐profit organisations. This would give the Government time  to properly examine how to fix the FBT problems it has identified without adversely impacting on  the conditions of low‐paid community sector workers.  

“We expect an ALP Government to move quickly to ensure employees in non‐government  organisations do not lose family benefits due to these laws,” she concluded.

For more information or comment call Chris Twomey on 0407 725 025 Email senator.siewert@aph.gov.au | http://www.rachelsiewert.org.au

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