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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (1 November) . . Page.. 4648 ..


and would undoubtedly throw up a range of anomalies most likely even greater than the small number of concerns that have been expressed to date.

I see no reason to change the system. There has not been a compelling argument made that the system should be changed. Were such a compelling argument to be made, I would consider it and the government would consider it, but it would not be something that would be introduced overnight and I would imagine that such a change, which I am not contemplating, would need to be phased in over an extended period of time.

MR COE: Chief Minister, can you rule out using the market value of properties as the determinant for rates in this term of the Assembly?

MR BARR: Most definitely, yes.

MR WALL: Treasurer, has Minister Rattenbury ever raised concerns about the fairness of the system for determining rates while participating in the development of the budget or other policy?

MR BARR: I would not disclose the content of cabinet discussions and deliberations. But Mr Wall would be aware that the Greens party has released a discussion paper that would indicate a willingness from the Greens party to consider alternative approaches. But, as I understand it, it is purely a discussion paper. It does not yet form the considered view of the Greens party.

I am not a spokesperson for the Greens party. I will not ever be a spokesperson for the Greens party. Nevertheless, it is within their rights to discuss an issue. But I think that there are powerful arguments for the average unimproved value, the AUV, system that we have, with a rolling three-year average. Those who wish to change the system would need to mount a very persuasive argument and undoubtedly would need to go through the many different hurdles of forming committees, modelling, doing the whole song and dance that is necessary to change anything in this country at this point in our nation's history.

Domestic and family violence—digital technology

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney-General, recent public commentary by police and domestic violence workers has been that domestic violence victims are increasingly being stalked, harassed and targeted by high-tech devices, including, but not limited to, surveillance devices, apps, drones and other digital technology, and there is concern that laws are not keeping pace with digital developments. Attorney, are you aware of these issues, and what work is being done to close any gaps in the law to ensure that women and others are protected from this emerging form of harassment?

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, I might take that question, as the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. Yes, all of the issues that Ms Le Couteur raises are concerns, regarding the different ways that people are being affected by domestic and family violence and sexual assaults in our community. As


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