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30 Mar 09 Minister declares the 2009 Victorian bushfires as a disaster for relief purposes

In a media release issued on 27 March 2009, the Assistant Treasurer, Chris Bowen, declared the recent Victorian bushfires a disaster for the purposes of establishing Australian disaster relief funds, effective from 29 January 2009. This declaration is made under amendments to the ITAA1997 that received Royal Assent on 26 March 2009. This declaration ensures that qualifying existing and new funds established for the relief of people in communities affected by the bushfires can receive tax deductible donations.

For a copy of the Minister's media release, No 2009/023, 27 March 2009, go here.

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