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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (17 June) . . Page.. 1953 ..



paid for by a one-off windfall from land sales. That had not occurred when the budget was put together. At the end of the day, if we are putting in place a levy to offset the costs of the bushfire and it is then found that it is not necessary to do that, then I believe we owe it to the people of Canberra to not apply the levy.

We are happy to involve ourselves in debate on taxation levels and programs we might implement as a result of taxation levels. However, as things have worked out, that is not required to get us through the calamity of the bushfires. Therefore, I do not think that, in all honesty, we can apply it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.




(Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (5.33): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mrs Dunne

: Why? We're supposed to be going through until 7 o'clock.


: Mr Deputy Speaker, I am caught out here. I thought it had been agreed that executive business Nos 3 and 4 fall off the paper.


: So had I, minister.

Mrs Dunne

: No, we said we would go through till 7 o'clock.


: Seven o'clock or earlier is the rule. We finish when we do, but we finish by 7 o'clock. Mr Quinlan, I don't think, is prepared for the Gaming Machine (Cap) Amendment Bill.

Mr Quinlan

: Yes, I am.


: Do you want to take it? Okay. Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to withdraw the motion before the house.

Motion, by leave, withdrawn.

Gaming Machine (Cap) Amendment Bill 2003

Debate resumed from 3 April 2003, on motion by Mr Quinlan:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.


(5.34): Mr Deputy Speaker, a lot of what I would have said in my speech in relation to this bill I will leave till tomorrow when I'm introducing a substantive bill as a result of the Speaker's ruling on the last occasion.

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