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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 11 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 3498 ..

Detail Stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (4.48): Mr Speaker, it has been brought to my attention that there is a clerical error - I think it was brought up by the Scrutiny of Bills Committee - which has caused an incorrect date to be inserted in subclause 4(2) of the Stamp Duties and Taxes (Amendment) Bill (No. 2) 1996. Subclause 4(2) currently provides for 5 October 1996 to be the retrospective date of commencement of subclause 4(1) of the Bill. As this date is incorrect, I wish to move an amendment to the Bill currently on the table. The amendment substitutes the date of 23 January 1992 in subclause 4(2) of the Bill. The amending provision, which shifted the liability for payment of stamp duty on commercial leases from the lessee to the lessor, was notified as coming into effect in Gazette No. S11 of 23 January 1992. My understanding is that there was a problem between the actual gazettal date and the date the Bill was in the Assembly. I move:

Page 2, line 7, subclause 4(2), omit "5 October 1991", substitute "23 January 1992".

MR MOORE (4.48): There is some confusion for me. It might have just been a reading mistake by Mrs Carnell. The amendment I have in front of me refers to 5 October 1991. She said 1996, but I think perhaps that was just a slip of the tongue.

Mrs Carnell: I am sorry. We are changing the date of 5 October 1991 to 23 January 1992.

MR MOORE: It was just a slip of the tongue.

Amendment agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Debate resumed from 24 September 1996, on motion by Mr Humphries:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition) (4.50): Mr Speaker, this is legislation to put back the reporting date, and the Opposition will not object to it, although I should say that it is necessary because the Government was too slow off the mark in getting its original amendments into the parliament. This way is much preferable to the way the Government originally tried to go, which was to ram through a long piece of legislation in one week.

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