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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 June 2010) . . Page.. 2703 ..

Mr Smyth: She says they wanted to invest in business but they cut it by 10 per cent—an odd way of investing in business.

MS GALLAGHER: Invest in a way to maximise business opportunities; we have done that. Our capital program is the most significant way we can drive growth in the economy—

Mr Smyth interjecting—


MS GALLAGHER: and that is what we have been investing in in the last two budgets.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Porter, a supplementary?

MS PORTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Treasurer, how is the government working with industry to address concerns over the change of use charge?

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne. I thought you might raise this.

Mrs Dunne: Neither of the questions was about the change of use charge. They were about revenue in two subsequent budgets.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, on the point of order, whilst I think formally you are correct, Mr Smyth’s constant interjecting on the change of use charge left the Treasurer little choice but to address the matter. As it has now come up in the Treasurer’s response, Ms Porter is free to ask a supplementary question. The Treasurer.

Members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I am interested in the Liberal Party’s opposition. It is all very easy to whine and carp from the sideline, but it is very hard to take an actual position. What I am hearing from the opposition now is that they do not support the legislative framework which creates a charge payable by developers for the profits that they gain from a change of use in relation to a community asset. That is what I hear from them—that they do not feel that it is a legitimate charge for the territory to impose. Land is our biggest asset. This is a return to the community for being able to use that land for a developer’s benefit. That is the charge. It is a legitimate charge and I am very interested to hear exactly how the Liberal Party are going to put into place concrete plans—that is, legislation to oppose this charge—and go out and defend them to the community. I will be very interested to hear that.

Industry are working with us; they are working with Treasury. They are engaging very well, particularly in terms of implementing the second part of the change of use

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