Page 1911 - Week 05 - Thursday, 5 May 2011

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Ms Gallagher: Yes.

MR SPEAKER: Under standing order 213 it has to be ordered, but if the Treasurer is willing to just hand it over we can do it that way. How would you like to proceed, Treasurer?

Mr Stanhope: I think it says “Mr Smyth is such a fool”. I am not sure that that is parliamentary.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister, what I am trying to say is that I am happy for the Treasurer to bring in a clean copy—

Ms Gallagher: It is fine.

MR SPEAKER: Do we need to go through the process or is the Treasurer just going to hand the document over?

Ms Gallagher: No. It is fine. I just drew on it. I drew a circle on it. I table the following paper:

Lease variation charge—LJ Hooker Dickson Sales Market Update, dated 4 May 2011

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, given you have said that there will not be any impact on existing property prices, are you now acknowledging that prices will be passed on to buyers and renters?

MS GALLAGHER: No, I am not, Mr Speaker. The price of what a unit or a house will be set at will not be determined by the change of use charge. I can assure you of that.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Treasurer, given you have now ruled out rents and the cost of purchasing, is it your position that the entire change of use charge will be absorbed by developers?

MS GALLAGHER: Maybe. It is up to the market to determine the price that people are prepared to pay for housing.

Budget—proposed government building

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Why is it that the government office block funded in this budget is a good investment and does the government view differ from that of the Property Council?

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