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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 17 November 2011) . . Page.. 5534 ..


Today marks another important milestone in the territory’s pursuit of a low carbon, renewable energy powered future and on behalf of the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development I commend this bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Sitting suspended from 12.29 to 2 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MS GALLAGHER: The Attorney-General is absent from the Assembly on ministerial business. I will be happy to take the questions that cover his portfolio responsibility.

Questions without notice

Taxation—GST revenue

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, as I am sure you are aware, earlier this year the commonwealth government announced a review of GST distribution. In light of this announcement, the former Treasurer, Katy Gallagher, stated on 31 March 2011:

The ACT Government has lost over $100 million in the last three years under the Commonwealth Grants Commission formula …

She went on to say:

We will be putting enormous energy into arguing the ACT’s case as part of this review.

Treasurer, submissions to this review were due on 14 October 2011. Has the ACT government lodged a submission on this review?

MR BARR: Yes.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary.

MR SESELJA: Treasurer, when was it lodged and why is it that the submission is not publicly available when all other state and territory governments have made their submissions public?

MR BARR: It was lodged recently. I will have to check the exact date but it has been through cabinet and approved. I cannot answer as to why it is not available on someone else’s website. It certainly has been lodged.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.


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