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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 8 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3384..


MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what red tape will you remove to assist Canberra businesses to export?

MR BARR: As the shadow treasurer would be aware, I am currently examining a number of tax and regulatory measures. The previous Treasurer put in place an important review of ACT government taxes and charges and I am looking forward to receiving some preliminary advice from that group. I am also very pleased to be able to advise the shadow treasurer that I will be representing the territory at the federal tax summit that will be held in early October.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Barr, you have the floor.

MR BARR: I am surprised that those opposite have such derision, given that a number of their state colleagues who happen to be in government in other jurisdictions will also be attending the summit. So it is not as if the Liberal Party at a state and territory level elsewhere in the country are seeking to diminish the importance of this particular tax summit.

We look forward to the engagement of a number of key stakeholders. There is a particular section in relation to the reform of state and territory taxation, and we will certainly look forward to engaging with the commonwealth and other jurisdictions on those particular issues.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Answer to question on notice

Question No 1683

MS LE COUTEUR: Mr Speaker, understanding order 118A, I would like an explanation from the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development about question No 1683, which I put on notice on 30 June in respect of Couranga homestead. I have as yet not received an answer.

MR CORBELL: I apologise to Ms Le Couteur for the delay. Compilation of the answers she was seeking has taken longer than anticipated as it involved coordination across a number of government directorates. I have now, however, signed that answer for Ms Le Couteur. I think it is in the process of being delivered to her.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Planning—alleged interference

MR BARR: Yesterday in question time the Leader of the Opposition sought some information on meetings I had held with Giralang residents in relation to the local


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