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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2155 ..

Question put:

That the motion (Ms Tucker's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 3	 	NOES, 13

Ms Horodny	Mr Berry
Mr Moore	Mrs Carnell
Ms Tucker	Mr Cornwell
		Mr De Domenico
		Ms Follett
		Mr Hird
		Mr Humphries
		Mr Kaine
		Ms McRae
		Ms Reilly
		Mr Stefaniak
		Mr Whitecross
		Mr Wood

Question so resolved in the negative.

Sitting suspended from 12.22 to 2.30 pm


ACT Taxes and Charges

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question without notice is to the Chief Minister and Treasurer. Chief Minister, when you came out of the Premiers Conference on 13 June, you told the media that there would be no additional increases to taxes and charges. Yet, in your press release of 24 June, you announced two tax increases. My question, Chief Minister, is in two parts, so that you will remember both of them. First, what new information has become available to you that you did not have when you left the Premiers Conference which justifies these tax increases that, just 10 days previously, you promised you would not make? Secondly, what other new taxes can the people of Canberra expect you to now impose?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, Mr Whitecross would know, if he had watched the grab of what I actually said, that taxes and charges would not be used to fill the whole gap. In other words, taxes and charges would not be used instead of a belt-tightening for this Government. What we actually found was that when we looked at the $25m that - - -

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