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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 5 Hansard (25 May) . . Page.. 2236..

3) It cost $23,046.00 to print The Canberra Plan brochures 'At a Glance' and $5,910.00 for their letterbox distribution across the ACT.


a. A two-minute Canberra Plan promotional video was produced at a total cost of $11,110.00. This video was produced for internal and external audiences and the production house also provided a shortened 30-second version of the video for use in television and cinema advertising. The 30-second radio commercial cost $90 to produce.

b. i) It cost $29,807.80 to 'air' the 30-second Canberra Plan commercial on the three Canberra commercial television networks (WIN, Prime and Southern Cross Ten).

ii) It cost $6,198.50 for the 30-second radio commercial to go to air on Canberra's four commercial radio stations (Mix, FM 104, 2CC and 2CA).

5) It cost a total of $14,350.00 for advertising of The Canberra Plan in the Canberra Times, Canberra Chronicle and City News.

6) The Canberra Plan is being advertised at selected Canberra cinemas at a cost of $5,500.00. There was an additional cost of $880.00 to convert the 30-second television commercial to cinema format.

7) The Chief Minister's Department consulted the Australian Broadcasting Authority and sought legal advice on the matter and was advised that the radio and television advertisements for The Canberra Plan did not need to carry an authorisation statement.

Land tax

(Question No 1454)

Mr Smyth asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 1 April 2004:

(1) Why is land tax applied on a quarterly basis with no provision for refunds when the status of a relevant property changes;

(2) Have any property owners sought a refund of land tax, after paying their quarterly assessment, when the status of relevant properties has changed after the payment has been made;

(3) What cost would be involved in permitting the provision of refunds of land tax in situations where the status of a property changes during a quarter;

(4) Is the application of land tax to a property, when that property may have changed its status during a quarter, appropriate under the relevant policy.

Mr Quinlan

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

(1) The quarterly land tax system based on the rental status of a property was introduced in 1995 and replaced the previous annual land tax liability and non-principal place of residence system. Moving to the rental status of a residential property to determine land tax liability required a full quarterly assessment system rather than a daily pro-rata system to provide a simpler system for landlords and to eliminate the need for a complex and costly administration of land tax.

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