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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1835..


Thursday, 6 May 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Duties Amendment Bill 2010

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.01): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

The Duties Amendment Bill 2010 amends the Duties Act 1999 to abolish duty on applications to register caravans and camper trailers in the ACT. The ACT is one of the few remaining jurisdictions, together with Tasmania and Victoria, that still impose duty on an application to register or transfer the registration of a caravan or camper trailer. This bill will bring the ACT into line with other jurisdictions and, as a result, is likely to attract purchasers of caravans and camper trailers to register in the ACT.

By abolishing this duty, the bill will ensure that the ACT caravan industry is not disadvantaged compared to their New South Wales counterparts by our taxation laws. While the bill will abolish duty on caravans and camper trailers, trailers that are not camper trailers, such as goods carrying trailers, will continue to be liable in the current way. The relatively small amount of revenue forgone through this measure is expected to be offset by increased revenue from registration fees as more caravans transfer to the ACT.

The passage of this bill is necessary to give effect to revenue measures introduced in the 2010-11 ACT budget, and I commend the Duties Amendment Bill 2010 to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned to the next sitting.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

Ms Gallagher, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Health and Minister for Industrial Relations) (10.03): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


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