Page 473 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 5 March 2008

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Wednesday, 5 March 2008

MR SPEAKER (Mr Berry) took the chair at 10.30 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Mulcahy, from 75 residents:

Griffith oval (No 1)

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that:

There is a Development Application to construct a fence around Griffith Oval (No 1), a public playing field.

Your petitioners therefore request the Assembly to:

Disallow any planning application to fence in Griffith Oval (No 1)

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister, the petition was received.

Utilities (Network Facilities Tax) Repeal Bill 2008

Mr Mulcahy, pursuant to notice, presented the bill.

Title read by Clerk.

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (10.32): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

It gives me great pleasure to speak in favour of the Utilities (Network Facilities Tax) Repeal Bill in light of the recent financial reports of the territory which show that the government is building a war chest of revenue due to its continuing high levels of taxation.

I am somewhat dismayed, although certainly I was not surprised, that this bill was defeated by the government’s numbers when it was previously proposed last year. It is, sadly, indicative of the government’s attitude that it has continually increased the burden of taxation on ACT residents and has overlooked or squandered the many opportunities for relief.

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