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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 August 2010) . . Page.. 3496 ..


Mrs Dunne: Nobody else in the Greens would be an economic rationalist, but here he comes.

MR BARR: The Greens party need to clarify their position; they need to update their policy statement—

Mr Doszpot: I think you need to clarify your position.

MR BARR: The Greens party need to update their policy statement to indicate the position that Senator Brown has put and clarify, once and for all, where they stand on this issue. But, in the context of today’s debate, we should not risk believing what the Liberals say because the old public versus private debate is over. Senator Bob Brown knows it. Lin Hatfield Dodds knows it. Julia Gillard knows it because she made it happen.

The only people who do not know it, Madam Assistant Speaker, are Senator Humphries and the Canberra Liberals. This motion today ably demonstrates that they are the only ones interested in keeping this debate going. But I do reiterate for the public benefit that the Greens party does need to take down this policy that was posted in March. Please let people know where you really stand according to your own leader’s words and put that on your website now.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.29 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Taxation—revenue

MR SESELJA: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, the real tax revenue per person in the ACT has increased by 41 per cent since 2001-02. Earlier this month, you announced a mini review of tax headed by former Treasurer Ted Quinlan. Have you commissioned the Quinlan inquiry in order to further increase the amount of real tax revenue per person?

MS GALLAGHER: No.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. What impact has the increase in real tax revenue per person had on the cost of living for ordinary Canberrans during the term of your government?

MS GALLAGHER: I can certainly assure the community that this government has done everything it can to keep increases in taxes modest. They certainly have not grown at the speed with which the demand for government services has grown. Indeed, our effort on efficiency within the public service has ensured that we have


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