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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 6 May 2010) . . Page.. 1870 ..


increase of a massive new tax, will not affect densification of the city, and will you table such advice?

MS GALLAGHER: As I have said a number of times—I am sure we will hear more of this from the opposition in the budget reply that we are all holding our breath for—it is not a new tax—

Mr Smyth: No, a tax increase, I said.

MS GALLAGHER: No, Mr Smyth, you and the opposition have been calling it a big new tax for the last two days.

Mr Smyth: A massive tax increase.

MS GALLAGHER: It is not.

Mr Smyth: A massive tax increase.

MS GALLAGHER: It is not.

Mr Smyth: Tony Abbott is talking about big new taxes.

MS GALLAGHER: Well, you Liberals all sound the same really. Here you are defending to the death the community being ripped off through the change-of-use charge. The windfall gains have not been flowing over—

Mr Seselja: And you’re going to rip off homebuyers, are you? You’re going to rip off homebuyers and renters.

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, it is clear that the windfall gains that have been received from paying extremely low change-of-use charges have not flowed on to property owners; they have not flowed on to families.

Mr Smyth: They have.

MS GALLAGHER: They have not flowed on to families, Mr Smyth, and it is not a big new tax. In relation to advice, yes, the government has got advice that revenue has been leaking and that we should seek to immediately rectify that. Yes, the government has got that. In relation to codification, in relation to a cost-benefit analysis, that work is not complete.

Mr Seselja: So you don’t know what impact it will have.

MS GALLAGHER: What a surprise! You do understand—I have said it a number of times—that it is called a draft report into the review of the change-of-use system.

Mr Smyth: The tax isn’t a draft.

Mr Seselja: It’s in the budget.


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