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Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(a) No. Section 114 of the Constitution states that "A State shall not, without the consent of the Parliament of the Commonwealth, raise or maintain any naval or military force, or impose any tax on property of any kind belonging to the Commonwealth, nor shall the Commonwealth impose any tax on property of any kind belonging to a State." On that basis, Commonwealth Government owned properties are not rateable.

(b) No. As with rates, the ACT Government does not levy land tax on the Commonwealth Government due to Section 114 of the Constitution. State and Territories' inability to levy taxes on the Commonwealth Government is recognised as part of the Commonwealth Grants Commission's assessment of State and Territory land tax capacity for the purposes of Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation and the distribution of the Goods and Services Tax.

(i) See answers above.

(ii) Information on the value of Commonwealth land holdings in the ACT is not kept by the ACT Government. Because of the restrictions of Section 114 of the Constitution, the ACT Government has no need for the data that would allow for such a calculation.

(iii) The requested information on Commonwealth owned properties is not kept by the ACT Government.

Westside village—costs (Question No 1093)

Mr Coe asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 23 March 2018 (redirected to the Chief Minister):

(1) What was the initial total budget for the decommissioning and re-use of the Westside Village assets.

(2) Can the Treasurer provide a breakdown of the total cost to decommission and re-use the Westside Village assets, broken down by (a) Westside disassembly and site reinstatement, (b) transport and relocation of fifteen containers, (c) purchase of existing café container for Stromlo, (d) transport and re-erect roof at Stromlo Forest Park, (e) hard paving of new Stromlo Forest Park meeting place, (f) Stromlo Forest Park landscaping, (g) Stromlo Forest Park site servicing, (h) project management costs and day labour and (i) any other relevant category of costs.

(3) Can the Treasurer provide a breakdown of the funding arrangements associated with the decommissioning and re-use of the Westside Village assets, including (a) any financial transfers of assets, (b) the total amount each Government agency paid and (c) the specified reason for the payment or transfer of assets.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

All below figures exclude GST.


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