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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 2596..

  • No Government school is closed nor amalgamated on or after 1 January 2008 unless the change is supported by a specific vote of the Legislative Assembly.

Housing—Narrabundah long-stay caravan park

By Dr Foskey, from 2,012 residents:

To the Speaker and members of the assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

We the undersigned and residents of the Longstay Caravan Park, Narrabundah Lane, Symonston, call upon the Legislative Assembly to:

1. ensure that the proposed sale of the Longstay Caravan Park be abandoned, and

2. irrespective of whether a sale takes place, ensure the implementation of guarantees of:

a). long term residential renewable tenure of a 20 year period to include a sub-lease clause;

b). a reasonable rental fixed at current rate for the first 12 month period for a further increments subject to the same constraints as specified under the Residential Tenancies Act (1997); and

c). in the case of any closing down of the Longstay Caravan Park, or enforced removal of any individual tenant, the payment of compensation equal to the current insured policy value held by the tenant of the insurable value.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and a copy of each petition referred to the appropriate minister, the petitions were received.

Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2)

Mr Stanhope, pursuant to notice, presented the bill, its explanatory statement and a Human Rights Act compatibility statement.

Title read by Clerk.

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts) (10.33): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, the Revenue Legislation Amendment Bill 2006 (No 2) amends the Duties Act and the Taxation Administration Act to facilitate the introduction of an electronic lodgment and payment service for certain duty transactions. The 2005-06 budget included an initiative to improve the services of the ACT Revenue Office by introducing electronic services, leading to the closure of its public shopfront.

The initiative will allow approved persons to process and pay for certain duty transactions online through a web interface. This will result in an improved level of service by providing faster turnaround times for transactions and reduce the need for

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