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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (11 August) . .

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Mr Hanson: That is a lie.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, withdraw.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw, Madam Speaker, but I would ask—

MADAM SPEAKER: No, just withdraw.

Mr Hanson: that Mr Barr desists—

MADAM SPEAKER: No, just withdraw.

Mr Hanson: with this nonsense.

MADAM SPEAKER: No. Mr Hanson, I will ask you again: withdraw the comment that it was a lie.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, how do you expect struggling small businesses in the ACT to find the money to pay for commercial rates increases of such magnitude as now faced by the Manuka newsagency?

MR BARR: The government is assisting small businesses by cutting insurance tax, by ensuring they do not pay payroll tax, by reducing stamp duty and by abolishing commercial land tax. So four taxes are going down. And if the position of the shadow treasurer is that he wishes to reintroduce taxes on insurance, if he wants to put stamp duty back up, if he wants to put payroll tax back onto small business, then let him say that. Otherwise he is supporting the current position which is transitioning away from these bad and inefficient taxes towards the simplest and fairest method of raising revenue. They are the choices. They are taxes by the Liberal Party; better taxes by the Labor Party, the simplest and fairest method.

We do know those opposite like a little bit of the libertarian tea party stuff. We know that.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR BARR: We know that Mr Hanson on occasion likes to share material from the US that is put together by ratbag right wing libertarian groups. We have seen that on his Twitter feed. We see him. He is there with Rand Paul and Donald Trump and a couple of the other tea party advocates. We know that they are crazy right wingers. We know that. And we are hearing it again and again today—


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