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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 9 December 2010) . . Page.. 6061 ..

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that Mr Corbell’s motion be agreed to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 10 December 2010 to 14 February 2011 inclusive be given to all Members.

Standing and temporary orders—suspension

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent the adjournment debate for this sitting continuing past 30 minutes.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

Executive business—precedence

Ordered that executive business be called on.

Payroll Tax Amendment Bill 2010

Debate resumed from 18 November 2010, on motion by Ms Gallagher:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.01): This is a perfectly reasonable solution to an earlier error and the opposition will be supporting the bill.

Ms Gallagher: I would appreciate it if all speeches today could be of that length!

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (11.02): Very briefly, the Greens will be supporting this bill. We welcome the administrative correction. It is now some time since the error was effectively corrected by an updated payroll tax determination. It is, of course, important that administrative action that would otherwise be an error as a result of the determination is validated by the Assembly.

The error only applies to a single year and we have been assured that no taxpayers were adversely affected by the mistake. The budget papers for 2002-03 indicate the Treasury was operating on the 1.25 million figure. Page 85 of budget paper 3 states that “current payroll tax threshold of $1.25 million will remain unchanged”. Again, the Greens welcome the correction. It is our view that it is appropriate that the Assembly correct the error.

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