Health &
Welfare
   
CATHOLIC HEALTH BODY WELCOMES DEMOCRATS SUPPORT FOR TAX EXEMPTIONS
Catholic Health Australia has congratulated the Democrats on their resolve to support church hospital, welfare and aged care services in their fight for fair fringe benefits tax exemptions.
   In a statement released jointly today by Australian Democrats leader, Meg Lees and Charities spokesman, John Woodley, the Democrats clearly indicated that Catholic hospitals, aged care and welfare services will be entitled to an FBT exemption of $30,000 (indexed) or 30 per cent. They have stated this would be effective no earlier than 1 April 2001.
   Catholic Health Australia Executive Director Francis Sullivan said: "The Democrats have recognised that the FBT benefit is used to attract and retain people with appropriate business and professional skills including management and medical staff in church-run services."
   "This means Catholic hospitals, nursing homes, hostels and community care services will be able to offer staff the $30,000 indexed cap or 30 per cent salary arrangements as finally determined. This decision will assist our organisations to continue to provide essential services to the community and ease the impact of additional costs being incurred through changes to the tax system.
   "Its pleasing that both Senators Lees and Woodley have been receptive and realistic in their deliberations over the impact of the Government's FBT policy."
   
Cath Health Australia
6/4/00

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