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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1872..


MR BARR: Thank you. If those guidelines are already in place and simply have not been put on the website, then I would hope the Planning and Land Authority could rectify that issue by close of business this week. If the guidelines have in fact not been made, then I will ask the authority to undertake that work as quickly as possible.

Budget—taxation levels

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Treasurer. Can the Treasurer please explain the real facts behind taxation levels and growth contained in the ACT's 2010-11 budget—for the benefit of the young fellow over there?

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: I can hear already that the opposition is very interested in hearing this, so I imagine they will remain quiet and well behaved during my answer. Just remember that we do have visitors in the Assembly today, so if we can all keep it nice I think that will be lovely.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: I do not mean to encourage them, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: You are encouraging them, Treasurer.

MS GALLAGHER: The facts need to be put on the table to address some of the inaccuracies that are being peddled around town, particularly by the opposition and the Leader of the Opposition. Yesterday many of us at the breakfast were very excited to see the three slides that the Liberals had put together overnight.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members.

MS GALLAGHER: It had been an all-night sitting of the Liberal staff in this place to come up with those three lines, those three graphs. I went to the issue around including the stimulus funding in the revenue lines that they outlined. I think the fact that that misinforms or certainly does not give an accurate picture of the base revenue—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth, I refer you to my overarching media release for the day—

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, on a point of order, I plead with you. I am trying to hear the answer.


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