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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 30 June 2010) . . Page.. 2959 ..


this uncertainty is causing a rush for valuations and lodgement of applications, thereby causing significant delays and inconvenience in advance of the new system …

It is hard to disagree with that. What is it calling on the government to do? Immediately inform the Assembly of current arrangements for determining the charge, including how it will be applied after 1 July 2010, tomorrow. Industry does not know.

Ms Gallagher: They do so.

MR SMYTH: They have asked for a communique. They have said that they will help you. The industry, the HIA, want to help you: “Give us the information. We will disseminate it to our members.” I do not see how you can object to (a). Paragraph (b) states:

provide clarity and certainty to the community by immediately informing the Assembly of:

… when codification of the Charge will take place; and

… which values will be used for codification;

Again, it is simply what the industry are asking so they can tell their members. This is about an information flow. I do not see how you can object to (b), but of course the Greens and the government do. Paragraph (c):

immediately inform the Assembly about how the 2003 Change of Use Charge arrangement came into being and outline who was responsible for the arrangement …

It is seeking more information. Paragraph (d):

provide analysis …

That, apparently, is now going to happen but was not going to happen yesterday, because only the government was going to get it, in the Treasurer’s own words in her response to the estimates committee. It is simple. I do not see how you can object to that, unless as always, the Greens, being a patsy for the government, are defending the Treasurer. The Treasurer is quite happy to accept the Greens’ amendment because it lets her off the hook. It calls on her not to do her job. It says, “Don’t tell the industry.” It says, “Let’s not let the people know how we are going to affect them. Let’s not tell them where the $14.2 million is coming from as of 1 July, as of tomorrow.”

This is a very sound motion. It is not a rehash. It is appropriate to pass the motion unamended. People need to stop being ignorant and moving stupid amendments that just stop the information flow. People need to stop being patsies for the government. People need to stop defending the government. The unique arrangement between the Treasurer and the convenor of the Greens where they stand up for each other really is stopping the flow of information and disenfranchising people in this—(Time expired.)


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