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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3924..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


BILL 2000

Debate resumed from 18 October 2000, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR QUINLAN (9.50): The opposition will support the Treasury and Infrastructure Legislation Amendment Bill 2000 - we are getting boring, aren't we, after all we have been through in the last three days. The amendments to three separate pieces of legislation are framed in this omnibus bill. It is a reasonable format and a sensible way to clean up a couple of minor matters.

The first act to be amended is the First Home Owners Grants Act. The change will simply include New Zealanders in the eligibility definitions, and I understand that the Commonwealth has agreed to fund any shortfall as a result of the change. Since New Zealand is rapidly becoming the seventh state of Australia, we think it is a reasonable move.

The second act to be amended is the Gaming Machine Act and the amendment is merely a tidy up in relation to GST.

The third act is the Rates and Land Tax Act. This straightforward amendment will ensure that if a rental property changes hands and is re - rented, the new owner must inform the commissioner. I presume that that will ensure that we maximise revenue collection in terms of land rent. So all the changes are of a machinery nature and the opposition supports the bill.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, Attorney - General and Treasurer) (9.51), in reply: I thank Mr Quinlan for that support. This bill is significant in that it tidies up a number of loose ends within in the taxation and treasury areas. I trust that the passage of this bill will ensure that the entitlements of a number of citizens are addressed as appropriate.

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail Stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

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