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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1880..

their global connect program in the last budget. Add all these points to the unfriendly tax and charges regime in the ACT, and it is no wonder that we rank last for government policy in supporting businesses across the three countries.

Of course, the government claims that it is raising the payroll tax threshold to $1.85 million. The government also noted that, together with cuts to payroll tax in 2012, businesses now will be paying on average $25,000 less in payroll tax each year. Furthermore, with the government's decision to remove the "genuine employer exemption", which relates to contractors employed through recruitment agencies, payroll tax for ACT businesses is, in effect, increasing. I have already had a number of complaints about these changes.

If we attempt to nut out what the government is doing in regard to a surplus, it really is just magic pudding. This is a government that is simply waiting for the commonwealth government's good times to return. (Time expired.)

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.

Estimates 2014-2015—Select Committee


MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Sport and Recreation, Minister for Tourism and Events and Minister for Community Services) (3.55): Pursuant to standing order 174, I move:

That the Appropriation Bill 2014-2015 and the Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2014-2015 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2014-2015.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Ms Gallagher presented the following papers:

Remuneration Tribunal Act, pursuant to subsection 12(2)—Determinations, together with statements for:

ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal—Determination 4 of 2014, dated 30 April 2014.

Clerk of the Legislative Assembly—Determination 5 of 2014, dated 30 April 2014.

Full-time Statutory Office Holders—Determination 3 of 2014, dated 30 April 2014.

Head of Service, Directors-General and Executives—Determination 2 of 2014, dated 30 April 2014.

Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly—

Determination 1 of 2014, dated 3 April 2014.

Determination 7 of 2014, dated 30 April 2014.

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