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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 9 March 2011) . . Page.. 595 ..


Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MS GALLAGHER: We have an extensive range of programs across government to do just that, whether it be through concessions, whether it be through support for the community sector, whether it be through supporting test cases to support—

Mr Seselja interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: One minute, Ms Gallagher. Mr Seselja, I have indicated a number of times informally, and I am now doing it formally, that this is not a conversation. You have asked your question. You will have a supplementary in a moment.

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Whether it be through some of our concession programs or whether it be through the introduction of things such as land rent to support those with the dream of home ownership who might not have the income to support a mortgage on land and house, those are the things we do. That is part of who we are on this side of the chamber. We intend to continue. Yes, there will be costs in tackling climate change across the globe and there will be costs in the ACT. But the government’s job is to look at those costs and look at how you ameliorate those costs for those who cannot afford to pay. That is what we have done. That is what we will continue to do.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Minister, has Treasury completed analysis of the financial impact of the 40 per cent target and will you inform the Assembly of this analysis?

MS GALLAGHER: Treasury remains involved. It is an ongoing piece of work, Mr Speaker. As decisions are taken, as they are indeed every year through the budget process, those costs will become clear. It is an ongoing piece of work, I say to the Leader of the Opposition. I note that there have already been a number of those costs included in budgets over the past couple of years, certainly.

I note that those opposite have opposed those initiatives. In fact, where we have in the last budget increased our concessions. I know that the Minister for Energy is also working with the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services around continuing the work on concessions to make sure our concessions regime remains fair and equitable to those who need extra support.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, will you now table the work done by Treasury before the announcement of the 40 per cent target was made?

MS GALLAGHER: I am happy to look at that.


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