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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 6 Hansard (21 June) . . Page.. 2158..


The work to reduce the administrative burden and assist businesses operating in the territory does not stop at new legislation. Further work to provide employers with consistency in administration is continuing. This will include improving the consistency of business practices, taxpayer information and administrative and compliance requirements across jurisdictions.

A practical example of this will be the reissuing of payroll tax information circulars by the Commissioner for ACT Revenue where there are common topics and themes with other jurisdictions. The information and guidance provided to employers in these circulars will align as much as possible with other jurisdictions.

To simplify the introduction of the new provisions for business, the bill provides for a 1 July 2011 commencement date to align with the normal annual payroll tax liability and financial year.

I thank members for their support for this bill and I commend the Payroll Tax Bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (7.51): Mr Speaker, I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the Attorney-General moving a motion relating to the extension of time for the human rights audit of Bimberi Youth Justice Centre.

The government have skipped over a number of important matters on the program to get to what they see are the important issues of the day. However, from the point of view of people in the community there seems to be a proposal from the government to extend the reporting period in relation to the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre. This is an important issue which has occupied the minds of the Legislative Assembly for some time, and I think it would be timely for the minister to give an explanation for why the government are proposing to extend the date of this and to provide a more complete explanation to the community by so doing. This is an important issue. The government need to be able to manage their time a little better and bring on these important issues in a timely way.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and Minister


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