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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (1 April) . . Page.. 1684..


Act of grace payments

(Question No 1389)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice:

(1) How many Act of Grace payments has the Government signed off on under part 9, section 64 of the Financial Management Act 1996, since coming to Government;

(2) Of those Act of Grace payments what was the amount of the payment, over what length of time and for what purpose

Mr Quinlan: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) This Government has approved a total of 571 Act of Grace payments since coming to office in 2001.

(2) The detail of the payments are listed in the following table:

Amount

Time line

No.

Reason

General

$30,000.00

Mar 2003

1

Legislative consequences for adoption of at risk foster child by pensioner foster parents

$283,582.00

June 2003

1

Relates to the refund of interest accrued by the Territory on an overpayment of duty

$940.50

Aug 2003

1

Payment received for Development and Preliminary assessment charges where waiver would have been approved. Act of Grace utilised to redress situation and return payments

$30,000.00

Sep 2003

1

Victim of Criminal injury. Case not actioned by department before cut-off of 23 June 99

$2,000.00

Oct 2003

1

Loss and suffering from wrongful arrest arising from administrative error

$5,693.00

Nov 2003

1

Unintentional abolition of risk bonus payment of employment contract caused by legislative change

$1,500.00

Mar 2004 @ $250 / month

1

Requirement for oxygen supply not available under current health schemes

Debits Tax

$96.00

Dec 2001to Nov 2003

1

Payment to an entity contracted by the government for provision of personnel services in respect of Debits Tax levied on certain payroll fund accounts for Aug, Sept, Oct 2001

$4,656.76

Mar 2002

1

Payment to an entity contracted by the government for provision of personnel services in respect of Debits Tax levied on certain payroll fund accounts for May, June, July 2001

$124.00

Mar 2002

1

Payment to an entity contracted by the government for provision of personnel services in respect of Debits Tax levied on certain payroll fund accounts for Nov, Dec 2001 and Jan. Feb 2002

$1,074.00

May 2002

1

On objection, it was decided the entity was a charitable organisation. Payment covers the duty and tax paid up to 30 June 2000

$1,194.00

Jul 2002 to Nov 2003

37

9 Sept 1998, the Chief Minister agreed to give eligible credit union members access to the debits tax rebate scheme. As the Act does not facilitate payment of a rebate to this category of applicant at this stage, it was necessary to make AoG payments pursuant to section 64 of the Financial Management Act 1996


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