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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (8 March) . . Page.. 831 ..

Mr Quinlan: A single patently obvious item.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I think that was one of the low points of the Assembly's committee work.

Mr Quinlan: No, we are still working on those.

MR HUMPHRIES: Just to answer what Mr Quinlan is trying to raise, that brief report was not the result of a decision by the committee that there was not much work to be done on that appropriation, Mr Quinlan. It was the result of having overlooked the inquiry.

Mr Corbell: How do you know? You were not on the committee. You would not know.

MR HUMPHRIES: You forgot about it.

Mr Corbell: How do you know? Were you there?

MR HUMPHRIES: You forgot about it. The day before yesterday-

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Corbell! It is a little early in the day, but I will name people if I have to.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, the fact is that members of the committee forgot about the inquiry on the second appropriation. I trust that those who are conducting the inquiry on this occasion will be a little more thorough than they were on the last one.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Insurance Levy Legislation Repeal Bill 2001

Mr Smyth, on behalf of Mr Humphries, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum.

Title read by Clerk.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (10.55): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Mr Speaker, this bill provides for the abolition of the insurance levy from 1 July 2001. The government announced in the 2000-01 budget that the levy would cease to apply after 30 June 2001 due to the improved budgetary position of the ACT. We are now in a position to return dividends to the Canberra community as a result of strong financial management.

The insurance levy was introduced in 1998 to assist in the funding of fire and other emergency services. Under the Insurance Levy Act 1998, the commissioner is required to issue, by 31 May each year, an advance assessment for the following financial year

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