Page 1400 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 28 March 2012

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There are various ways that you present things. The ABS, for instance, uses the per capita model in a large number of things. The Institute of Public Affairs when it does its analysis of taxation tends to break it down to per capita as well. If you have got a better way of doing it, I am happy to see that. If you want to do it across a range of a wealthy home versus an average home versus a home at or below the poverty line, I am happy for that diversification. If you want to add in what concessions the government adds, go for your life. That is up to government, and that is why it has been left this way. It was deliberately left without a prescription because ultimately the government of the day will present its budget papers in the way that it wants.

I thank members for their agreement in principle. I look forward to the bill being passed in May. I thank the Treasurer for his assurance that it will appear in this year’s budget, and I look forward to its evolution over time. We are here to serve the people of the ACT. We should not be slaves to the budget; we should be slaves to good intentions for making life better for the people of the ACT, to improving their financial wellbeing but also their social wellbeing. I note that around the world a number of jurisdictions are looking beyond in some ways the simple analysis of the numbers to working out the far more complex impacts of government policies and budgeting on the wellbeing of their citizens. Perhaps this is a step in that direction today.

I thank members for their in-principle support. I look forward to the bill being passed in May and I look forward to reading the statement in June.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Detail stage

Clause 1.

Debate (on motion by Mr Barr) adjourned to the next sitting.

University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Leader, ACT Greens) (12.08): I seek leave to amend my motion as circulated.

Leave granted.

MS HUNTER: I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

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