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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3729 ..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (10.47): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move the amendments, circulated in my name, together.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I thank members. Mr Speaker, I move amendments Nos 1 and 2 [see schedule 1 at page 3903].

The effect of the amendments is to alter the commencement date from 1 October 2001 to 1 September 2001.

Members will be aware that payroll tax is basically collected on a monthly basis, and the provisions of the legislation therefore need to be such as to allow for change to occur at the beginning of the month rather than some other date. Of course, this being 30 August, we need to make a decision to bring down the curtain on these distortions in the payroll tax system by Saturday, 1 September. The amendment has the effect of bringing forward that commencement date from 1 October to 1 September. Should it subsequently be found that the claims for refunds of payroll tax must be upheld, the earlier commencement date will limit projected revenue losses for the current financial year to only two months rather than three months.

Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Quinlan for advance notice of the opposition's support for this legislation and I table the supplementary explanatory memorandum to the bill.

Amendments agreed to.

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

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee

Report No 80

MR HIRD (10.48): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Services-Standing Committee-Report 80-The National Competition Policy Review of ACT Taxi and Hire Car Legislation, dated 29 August 2001, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

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