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Tuesday, 21 August 1973
Page: 189

Mr King (WIMMERA, VICTORIA) asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(   1 ) What amount of taxable income is permissible under the averaging system for primary producers.

(2)   Has the Government considered increasing the permissible taxable income for averaging purposes.

(3)   Is provisional tax based on the annual income or the average income.

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

(   1 ) The rates of income tax which apply to a primary producer who has not elected to withdraw from- the averaging system are:

(a)   where both the taxable income and the average income do not exceed SI 6,000, the taxable income is taxed at the average rate;

(   b) where both the taxable income and the average income exceed $16,000, the tax is calculated without reference to average income;

(c)   where the taxable income exceeds $16,000 and the average income is $16,000 or less, the first $16,000 of taxable income is taxed at the rate appropriate to the average income but the averaging system is not applied to the excess of taxable income over $ 1 6,000; and

(d)   where the taxable income is $16,000 or less and the average income exceeds $16,000, the taxable income is taxed at the rate applicable to a taxable income of $16,000.

(2)   No.

(   3 ) The provisional tax payable is primarily an amount equal to the income tax assessed in respect of the preceding income year. Where the rates of tax for the current year are either higher or lower than the rates in force for the preceding year, the provisional tax otherwise payable is increased or decreased, as the case may be, to reflect the change in the rates declared by Parliament.

Air Force Personnel in Singapore: Return of Home Effects (Question No. 685)

Mr Bennett asked the Minister for Air, upon notice:

(   1) Is it a fact that Air Force personnel based in Singapore have in the past been able to return home effects to Australia free of cost.

(2)   Have instructions been issued that this practice is to cease.

(   3 ) If so, what is the reason for the change of policy.

(4)   Will he ensure that all personnel, who went to Singapore with this understanding, receive the benefit of free transport of personal and household effects.

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

(   1 ) Under a long established policy, household effects of RAAF personnel serving in Singapore and, under certain conditions, items of furniture that such members necessarily purchased in the area, are normally freighted to Australia by sea at Government expense. However, provision is made for a limited quantity of effects to be transported by air, in addition to the normal accompanied baggage entitlement, where the early return of the items would avoid the necessity for a member and his family who are returning by air to occupy motel/hotel accommodation on arrival in Australia.

(2)   and (3) There has been no recent change in this policy and I have found no evidence to suggest that any RAAF members in Singapore have complained or have cause to complain about the removal of their effects to Australia.

(4)   I can assure the honourable member that all RAAF personnel presently serving in Singapore will, on their return to Australia, receive the full removal entitlements to which I have referred.

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