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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2218 ..

In relation to entitlement of ACT Health staff to Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) tax concessions:

(1) Has the review into the income taxation status of staff of ACT Health, initiated by Mr Stanhope, been completed;

(2) Is ACT Health aware of any cases where ACT Health staff have received fringe benefits in instances where Fringe Benefits Tax should have been paid and was not paid;

(3) If the answer to (2) is yes, is there an estimate of how much Fringe Benefits Tax may need to be backpaid as a result of the incorrect classification of some ACT Health staff as PBI employees.

(4) If there is a Fringe Benefits Tax liability, what is the maximum amount that you estimate will have to be paid.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is:

(1) The issue of seeking to widen access to concessions is still being considered by the Australian Taxation office.

(2) No.

(3) Not applicable.

(4) Not applicable.

Land-surplus properties

(Question No 703)

Mr Cornwell

asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the quarterly performance report (March 2003) at Output 5.2 (Property) lists three new surplus properties (Note 3):

(1) Could you please advise what strategic management the ACT Government has introduced to "ensure sustainable use and best return to the community"in respect of surplus properties;

(2) How many surplus properties are there among the 59 properties listed;

(3) How many of these surplus properties are:

(a) under sale or rent;

(b) empty;

(c) under consideration for other use.

Mr Wood

: The answers to the member's questions are as follows:

(1) When an agency identifies a property as surplus to its requirements it transfers the asset to Property Branch, which then identifies potential future uses for the property.

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