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made submissions did not divulge these interests when making these submissions, and I see that as a major issue.
While it has been commented that there were concerns about the proposed system, when I asked the submitters whether they thought the 1996 system was fair and equitable, they said no. A lot of them said, "The fact is, there is no fair rates system; you can't get a fair rates system,"or they would make the comment, "Everybody wants to pay less rates."There are a lot of people out there who want to pay less rates, but then there are a lot of people out there who acknowledge the fact that they do have to pay rates and wish to see the most equitable system in place.
The committee failed to acknowledge what the government is attempting to do to create a fairer system and got bogged down in the minutiae of something which, at the end of the day, would not make that much difference to people. Some of the claims that were made were quite outlandish.
Debate (on motion by Mr Quinlan ) adjourned.
Estimates 2003-2004-Select Committee
MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (11.05): Pursuant to order, I present the following report:
Estimates 2003-2004-Committee-Report-Appropriation Bill 2003-2004, dated 17 June 2003, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings and Answers to Questions on Notice Volume 1 and Volume 2-
I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.
MR SMYTH: I move:
That the report and Answers to Questions on Notice Volume 1 and Volume 2 be authorised for publication.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MR SMYTH(Leader of the Opposition): I move:
That the report be noted.
It is with great pleasure that I table the report of the Select Committee on Estimates on Appropriation Bill 2003-2004. I suspect members will be looking expectantly for it to be delivered to the desktops in front of us, but I understand it is still being copied. As quickly as the office can get it to us, they will get it to everyone equally. I understand it is available electronically in offices. Unfortunately, the committee did not finish its deliberations until after nine this morning, and the photocopier has been running hot ever since.