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(1) Does the Territory provide stamp duty concessions for holders of (a) a Pensioner Concession Card, (b) a Health Care Card, (c) a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, and (d) a DVA Gold Card; if not, why not.

(2) What is the estimated revenue foregone should the Territory offer such concessions.

(3) Can the Minister provide a list of other jurisdictions that provide stamp duty concessions for the abovementioned card holders.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Territory provides stamp duty concessions for holders of (a) a Pensioner Concession Card and (d) a DVA Gold Card. The Territory does not provide stamp duty concessions for holders of (b) a Health Care Card or (c) a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card.

(2) When assessing duty transactions the ACT Revenue Office does not seek information as to whether the taxpayer has (b) a Health Care Card or (c) a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card. Therefore, it is not possible to estimate revenue foregone should the Territory offer concessions for such card holders.

(3) NSW, SA, TAS, QLD and WA do not provide concessions for holders of (a) a Pensioner Concession Card, (b) a Health Care Card, (c) a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card, or (d) a DVA Gold Card. Victoria provides a duty concession for all four card holders. The Northern Territory has a Senior, Pensioner & Carer Concession for duty.

Questions without notice taken on notice

Canberra—centenary

Ms Gallagher (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mr Doszpot on Wednesday, 26 February 2014): The financial instrument for the rollover of undisbursed appropriation from 2012-13 to 2013-14 under section 16B of the Financial Management Act 1996 that was tabled by the Treasurer in the Legislative Assembly on 25 February 2014 included an amount of $849,000 for the Centenary of Canberra. The accompanying statement of reasons noted that this amount reflected an alignment of payments with programmed activities and events and the rollover was required to make payments when they fell due.

The rollover amount of $849,000 differs from the amount of $822,000 included in the half yearly performance report 2013-14 for Output 1.4 Coordinated Communications and Community Engagement, which included the Centenary of Canberra as well as other activities under Output 1.4.

The figure of $822,000 is the total variation between the December 2013 year-to-date budget and year-to-date actual results for Output 1.4. As noted in the half yearly performance report this variation largely relates to the timing of expenditure on the Centenary of Canberra program. Of the $822,000 it is estimated that $550,000 related to the Centenary of Canberra program.

I was made aware of this towards the end of October 2013.


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