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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012-2013 Week 1 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 283..

Question put:

That clause 5 be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 16: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Coe Mr Corbell Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Porter Mr Seselja Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 1: Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Title agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 11.49 am to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice


MR SESELJA: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, you stated during the election campaign that your tax changes to household rates to abolish stamp duty would equate to the cost of a cup of coffee per week. Chief Minister, assuming a $4 cup of coffee per household per week, that would generate around $30 million per annum. Do you stand by your statement that these reforms and abolishing stamp duty will cost households just a cup of coffee per week?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not recall using the term "cup of coffee per week". I am happy to be corrected on that, but seriously I do not recall using that term.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Leader of the Opposition.

MR SESELJA: Minister, how many more cups of coffee per week will be needed to make up the at least one quarter of a billion dollars in stamp duty that is still not replaced?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not use the term "cup of coffee". I do not drink coffee. Seriously, I do not recall using that terminology at all. In relation to the very important issue of tax reform, the government will continue the steps that we have put in place to make sure that our taxes, our revenue that we raise to fund important services across the ACT is sustainable in the long run, is efficient and is equitable—

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