Senate debates

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Bills

Treasury Laws Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Employer Register) Bill 2017; In Committee

10:49 am

Photo of Peter Whish-WilsonPeter Whish-Wilson (Tasmania, Australian Greens) Share this | Hansard source

Could I go back to the discretion that the ATO commissioner has around the release of the Australian Business Register? I understand that discretion, to make details of employers of working holiday-makers available or not, came via an amendment to the ABN act, in schedule 2 of Treasury Laws Amendment (Working Holiday Maker Reform) Act 2016. Minister, could you just refresh my memory as to when that amendment went through parliament?

Also the ATO made a comment that the register has chosen, in other words it has used its discretion, not to make these details publicly available because of 'concerns raised in the community about the privacy of this information'. Can the minister now outline to the chamber whose concerns and the details of that?

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