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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1855..


Public Accounts—Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Pursuant to standing order 246A I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts relating to inquiries about certain Auditor-General's reports currently before the committee.

As to the Review of Auditor-General's Report No. 4 of 2013: National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, on 19 June 2013, Auditor-General's report No 4 of 2013 was referred to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts for inquiry. This report presented the results of a performance audit that reviewed the ACT government's implementation of selected programs and initiatives under the national partnership agreement on homelessness. The report contained four recommendations. The committee received a briefing from the Auditor-General in relation to the audit on 15 October 2013 and a submission from the government dated 11 October 2013.

The committee has resolved to inquire further into the report. Whilst the terms of reference for the inquiry will be the information contained within the audit report, the committee's inquiry will focus specifically on: measuring the success/effectiveness of policies and programs targeting homelessness and progress on implementation of the audit report recommendations. The committee will be inviting written submissions to its inquiry from key interest and stakeholder groups. The committee is expected to report to the Legislative Assembly as soon as practicable.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Budget—rates increases

MR HANSON: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, in an ABC interview on 1 November last year, you stated that household rates would triple sometime in the second half of the century. Do you still stand by that statement?

MR BARR: Yes.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Treasurer, will you now guarantee to the people of Canberra that rates will not triple before the second half of the century?

MR BARR: I can guarantee to the people of Canberra—

Members interjecting—

MR BARR: What I can guarantee to the people of Canberra is that in two years time insurance tax will be abolished and we will no longer need to utilise the rates system to replace revenue from insurance taxes. As we move through each subsequent phase of tax reform, the level of annual rates increase declines over the forward estimates and over the duration of tax reform.


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