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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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MR CORBELL: I do not have that information immediately to hand, so I will take the question on notice and provide an answer to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Jeffery.

MR JEFFERY: What was the extent of that fire when first detected?

MR CORBELL: I will have to take that detail on notice, too.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, when were firefighting personnel and firefighting assets first deployed to fight that outbreak?

MR CORBELL: Again, I will take the question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: To add to that, when was this fire extinguished and what was its extent at the time it was put out?

MR CORBELL: Again, I will need to get the precise details from our emergency services. I will take the question on notice and provide an answer to the member.

Taxation—rates

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, is your proposed tax mix switch from stamp duty to rates sustainable for households including ageing Canberrans?

MR BARR: Yes, the government's approach to phasing in tax reform over two decades, we believe, is the best way to manage the transition from an unfair, inefficient and highly volatile tax system that every economist in the world recommends moving away from to a simpler, fairer and more efficient tax system that has been recommended by every recent review of the Australian taxation system.

The Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull, in his first interview of this year on the Insiders program on ABC television, commended—

Mr Hanson: Simon was quoting Howard before. We have got Turnbull and Howard being quoted.

MR BARR: Prime Minister Turnbull, from your side of politics, commended the ACT government, endorsed the policy direction and commended us for our political courage. Yes, it does take political courage to change taxes in this country. That is possibly one of the reasons why our tax system has not been changed, as it should, to ensure fairer outcomes for taxpayers.


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