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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (18 November) . .

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The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Taxation—rates

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.05): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Government's continued general rates increases is not revenue neutral;

(b) the recently released Consolidated 2014-15 Annual Financial Statements showed a $36 million general rates revenue gouge;

(c) the Government's general rates revenue increase for 2014-2015 makes up 43% of total revenue increase for that year;

(d) the Government's reneging on its promise to phase out stamp duty;

(e) the Government's continued inability to explain how their tax reforms will lead to general rates increases;

(f) that Canberra homeowners and businesses already pay some of the highest general rates in the country; and

(g) the Canberra Liberal's commitment to tackling housing affordability and cost of living pressures; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) conduct an impact analysis on:

(i) general rates increases and the financial impact on ACT households and businesses; and


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