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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (22 June) . . Page.. 2191..


MS HUNTER (continuing):

The ACT Greens agree that this is a reasonable measure to ensure the competitiveness of the caravan industry and remove the disincentive for people to buy and register their caravans and camper trailers here rather than in New South Wales. The ACT Greens are pleased to support the bill.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo-Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Minister for Energy and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (4.50): On behalf of the Treasurer, I would like to thank members for their support of this bill. The bill amends the Duties Act 1999 to abolish the duty on an application to register or transfer the registration of caravans and camper trailers in the ACT. The ACT is one of three jurisdictions, including Tasmania and Victoria, who continue to impose this duty.

This abolition is warmly welcomed by Canberra's caravan and camping industry as they will no longer be disadvantaged compared to their New South Wales counterparts. This bill will remove the duties disincentive currently placed on prospective caravan owners to register their vans in the ACT. It is also expected to see the return of current caravan owners who initially registered elsewhere to avoid the burden of duty in the ACT.

Duty will still be payable on the registration of motorised campers, such as Winnebagos and various other motor homes. However, the revenue that will be forgone from the measure contained in this bill is likely to be offset by registration fees as more people purchase or transfer the registration of their non-motorised caravans and camper trailers to the ACT.

The bill gives effect to revenue measures announced in the ACT 2010-11 budget and I thank members for their support of the bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 6 May 2010, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (4.52): The opposition will be supporting this bill and again I thank the Treasurer for arranging a briefing on this matter. There are two separate components to the bill. The first relates to a discrete set of trusts for people with special disabilities. These trusts are established under commonwealth legislation and are intended to assist people with severe disabilities and their families to provide as fully as possible for the person with the disability.


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