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Tax Reform Plan Media Lockup

NO. 072

TAX REFORM PLAN MEDIA LOCKUP

The Prime Minister and the Treasurer will be releasing, subject to final Party Room approval, the Governments Tax Reform Plan at 4.00pm AEST on Thursday 13 Aug 1998. The Treasurer has indicated that a lockup will be available for media, based in the main Committee Room area in Parliament House, Canberra. The lockup will commence at 11.00am AEST on 13 August and conclude at 4.00pm.

As usual, security considerations are paramount in the lockup arrangements. To obtain entry to the lockup, media representatives must sign and have witnessed by a Treasury official the usual necessary 'Form of Undertaking'. Attendees will be required to produce proof of their bona fides as an employee of a media organisation prior to signing the Undertaking and thereupon will gain entry to the lockup.

NO PROVISION FOR ENTRY CAN BE MADE FOR OTHER GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS.

Any breach in the letter and spirit of the Undertaking and in the use of the lockup facility will be regarded most seriously. Your particular attention is drawn to the fact that breaches of the terms of the Undertaking may be in contravention of section 79(3) of the Crimes Act 1914.

As usual, participating organisations will bear the full cost of the arrangements.

The Tax Reform Plan will be electronically available at the lockup. The electronic version can be saved on disk in any available format. Prior arrangements are to be made with Treasury as shown below.

By Noon, 7 August 1998 (at the very latest): would you please provide:

Peter Coan, (Director, Liaison Treasury) on tel (02) 6263 3736 or fax (02) 6263 2992 with:

  • a full list of the organisation's employees' names and positions seeking access;
  • any special equipment or power needs; and
  • any requirement for electronic versions of the package; and

Jeff Prigg (Facilities Manager, Voice Comms. Treasury) on tel (02)6263 3863 or fax (02)6263 2914

  • voice or fax lines requirements.

General

A plan of the Committee Rooms with designated space allocation will be displayed in the Press Gallery before the lockup. Due to the limited space available in Parliament House, organisations should restrict their representation to minimum, essential employees only.

Please be advised that the lockup will be conducted in a non-smoking environment.
Parliament House regulations also do not permit the bringing of alcohol into the lockup area.

You are reminded of the usual terms and conditions for entry to lockup. We particularly remind prospective attendees that:

CELLULAR/DIGITAL TELEPHONES, PAGERS OR HANDSETS ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN THE LOCKUP NOR ANY OTHER UNAPPROVED EQUIPMENT THAT IS CAPABLE OF TRANSMITTING A SIGNAL.

Storage facilities for such equipment will be available at the lockup entrance. There will be no contact outside the lockup. Due to timing of the lockup, the secure links for use by the major organisations will not be available. As mentioned above, any breach of the undertaking will be regarded most seriously.

Copies of the Tax Reform Plan will be on sale at all Government Info Book Shops at 4.00pm (AEST) on Thursday 13 Aug 1998. Information will also be on the Internet (www.taxrefom.gov.au) at that time.

Any general questions relating to the lockups should be directed to Peter Coan or Rolf Bandte at Treasury on (02)6263 3736 or(02)6263 2794, respectively.

General media inquiries should be directed to Willie Herron in the Prime Ministers Office on 02 6277 7744.

Niki Savva
Media Adviser to the Treasurer

Tony OLeary
Press Secretary to the Prime Minister

5 August 1998

5 Aug 1998

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