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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 05 Hansard (Friday, 14 May 2004) . . Page.. 2003 ..

is the sincerest form of flattery. We are flattered, thank you, Mrs Dunne. As we head towards October or later, we will be enumerating the commitments the Liberals have made. We will of course be publishing an assessment of the funds that they intend to spend.

Mr Smyth, by inference, is asking me to make a commitment into next year of no tax hikes. I am presuming that he is prepared to make that commitment straightaway. Mr Smyth was involved in the PAC review of revenue raising initiatives. What did that review come up with? Let me say not a lot. There was not a lot of lateral thinking there but he did endorse expanding land taxes and introducing green taxes. This is the chairman of the PAC. His recommendation was, “I have looked at revenues and my conclusion is the government should look at examining how to raise revenue.” Good one!

Did that committee, or Mr Smyth, recommend any offsets against the taxes that he is going to levy? No. If anybody is on record as being a future tax man, it is Mr Brendan Smyth. I think I will remind people of that in the next few months as well! I thank members for their contribution and, as I said, I think the budget has received endorsement, not from everybody, but from major sectors—and it does have an independent assessment, of which I am very proud.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Estimates 2004-2005—Select Committee


Motion (by Mr Quinlan), agreed to:

That the Appropriation Bill 2004-2005 be referred to the Select Committee on Estimates 2004-2005.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 31

MS DUNDAS (5.58): I present the following report:

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee—Report 31—Inquiry into the matter of the Karralika development and call in power of the Minister for Planning, dated 12 May 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

An erratum is also attached. I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MS DUNDAS: I move:

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