Page 3292 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 22 August 2012

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In another example, the dissenting report recommends that the government be condemned for its “failure to implement sound, equitable and efficient tax reform measures”. This again diverges from the CIE observations on this matter. Again I quote:

The tax reform package also comes at the right time as the ACT is anticipating getting a lower share of Commonwealth GST revenues under a new funding formula …

The phasing in of important and much needed tax reform should put the ACT’s revenue base on a more sound footing.

I reiterate that the tax reform package makes the ACT’s taxation system fairer, simpler and more efficient—fairer by reducing taxes on those on lower incomes; simpler by removing some taxes and reforming others; and more efficient because we are reducing the distortions on household activity and on business activity.

The government has not responded to each individual recommendation of the dissenting report; however, we have provided a broad response to it. In reviewing the dissenting report I can only observe that it was confused, ultimately contradictory and an obvious demonstration of partisan politics in the lead-up to an election. The report reinforces the fact that Mr Smyth and Mr Coe have treated the committee process with cynicism and mockery.

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Hargreaves): Order! I remind members that there is a list up on this table.

MR BARR: To conclude, let me say that the report of the estimates committee and its recommendations do not raise any issues that would prevent the passing of the Appropriation Bill 2012-2013 by the Assembly. On behalf of the government, I express thanks to the committee for its consideration of these issues and remind the Assembly of the important and essential investments being made through this budget to support the continued growth and prosperity of the Australian Capital Territory. I commend the government response to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Smyth) adjourned.

Discrimination Amendment Bill 2012

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (10.37): I ask leave to present the Discrimination Amendment Bill 2012.

Leave not granted.

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