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In closing, I thank Mr Pettersson again for bringing this motion to the Assembly and I thank Minister Rattenbury for committing to the work on this matter. As Minister for Veterans and Seniors, I reaffirm my commitment to supporting older Canberrans, including promoting and protecting their rights.

DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.42): I am just going to speak very, very briefly in support of this motion. Many constituents of mine live in retirement villages, and I have also heard stories of problems and issues in retirement villages that people cannot get resolved. It is really clear that the time is right that we should have an ombudsman for retirement villages in the ACT.

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (4.43), in reply: In closing, I would like to thank all members for their contributions today. I think it has been a positive and helpful debate for this city. It is a bit of a contrast to Mr Hanson’s light rail motion. There was not as much shouting, and it was a little bit less heated, but I think it is just as important for our city.

I would like to particularly thank John and Katie, who are with us today. Their continued advocacy in this space is appreciated by their peers and I think all of us in this place; many of whom you have lobbied personally. I know you have got a lot more on your plate, and I look forward to your advocacy in this space continuing. There is still more work to be done in the retirement villages space.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2022

Debate resumed from 1 December 2022, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.44): I rise today to speak on behalf of my colleague, the Assistant Shadow Treasurer, Mr Cain, who is away today.

The Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill is part of an ongoing series of amendments that aims to support the more efficient administration and operation of the ACT tax system. The amendments proposed in this bill will close some loopholes and weaknesses identified by ACT Treasury. The bill also updates some definitions and some other technical amendments.

While the bill does propose both minor and consequential amendments, I am happy that the amendments are productive and do indeed intend to preserve the tax system’s integrity, which is the purpose of the bill. Based on the above, the Canberra Liberals will be supporting the bill today.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (4.45): I will be similarly brief, as Ms Lawder was. I am pleased to confirm that the ACT Greens are supporting this bill today.

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