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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 11 Hansard (21 October) . . Page.. 3453..


MR OSBORNE: I have a supplementary question. I understand, Minister, the principles and the philosophy behind Paul Keating's wonderful competition policy debacle and how we here cannot stop interstate traders. However, is it possible to consider things like requiring tax file numbers or ACN numbers of some of these people who do come into the Territory? Is that possible?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, it may be possible. I am interested in that suggestion. Obviously we would not be able to impose a condition on an interstate trader that we did not also impose on an ACT trader. Mr Speaker, I think the issues that Mr Osborne has raised are of concern. We want to work closely with other agencies, particularly Federal agencies, that are responsible for tax collection and so on, to make sure that no tax is being escaped in these circumstances. We will contact the Australian Taxation Office to make sure that any devices of that kind which can be employed within the context of the competition policies which were outlined and initiated by the former Federal Labor Government are put in place if that is appropriate, and if we can get cooperation for that to happen.

Feel The Power Campaign

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. The Business Development and Tourism output report included in the annual report of the Chief Minister's Department reveals that the department failed to complete work on the hated and discredited Feel the Power marketing campaign because the market research results were delayed. Can the Chief Minister say who prepared the market research report, how much it cost, and what caused the delays?

MS CARNELL: Obviously I will have to take that on notice. I have not seen the final market report yet, Mr Speaker, so I have no idea.

MR BERRY: May I ask the Chief Minister in a supplementary question to get some further information? Will the Chief Minister table this report, which we understood was delivered in July this year?

MS CARNELL: I answered that. I said I have not seen a final report.

Mr Berry: Well, will you table it?

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I understand that I am due to have a briefing on it at some stage in the near future, but I have to say I have not seen it at this stage, so I cannot table it.


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