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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3267..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

This bleat that this is a tax or will impact on families is a nonsense and is shown to be a nonsense. Toyota Corolla—a $210 discount. Holden Commodore—no change in stamp duty. Here we have this confected nonsense that this will affect families or average families. Holden Commodore—no change. Ford Falcon—no change. Toyota Corolla—$210 discount.

Mr Barr: That's Australia's biggest selling car, I understand.

MR STANHOPE: Yes. The biggest selling—Holden Commodore.

Mr Barr: And then the Corolla.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, the Corolla. There you have it. The biggest selling car in Australia, the Toyota Corolla—that is the car purchased by more families in Australia than any other car—achieves a $210 discount. The Holden Commodore—no change. The Ford Falcon—no change. The Mitsubishi Lancer—no change.

Mr Seselja: How many bought the Lexus?

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STANHOPE: The Holden utility 4x2—no change.

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Give up.

MR STANHOPE: And we have this confected nonsense that this will be a law that impacts on families. What a load of confected nonsense! The signal it sends though is this. I must say in terms of points of distinction, and we have discussed a couple today, that the Liberal Party formally announced today that they will abolish the land rent scheme because they want a point of difference with us in relation to housing affordability.

Mr Seselja: We've already got some.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, I warn you.

MR STANHOPE: Today they send the most powerful signal possible. I do not think there is a more powerful signal that a would-be government could send in relation to its attitude to the most serious and significant issue facing the world—namely, climate change—than this.

Mr Smyth: You forgot about it for six years. Six years and not a mention of climate change.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth!


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