Page 3376 - Week 08 - Thursday, 23 August 2012

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residents, to build up that relationship and to have very strong support. I would encourage Mrs Dunne, with her deep and enduring interest in Bimberi, to visit out there. I know that in the time that I have been the minister for children and young people, she scurried out there within a few days before the Human Rights Commission tabled their report. She had not been there before and she certainly has not been there since.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary.

MS BRESNAN: Minister, how many workers from Bimberi or its predecessor, Quamby, are currently receiving workers compensation payments?

MS BURCH: That is something the detail of which I would have to take on notice, Mr Speaker, and bring back. I am happy to.

Taxation reforms—promotional brochure

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, in all your rates notices recently sent out the ACT government has included a brochure promoting your tax reforms. Treasurer, this brochure states that all homebuyers will pay less conveyance duty on properties up to $1.2 million. Minister, how do you justify the statement that all homebuyers will pay less when first homebuyers in established suburbs, who are currently eligible for the first home concession, will actually have a massive increase in their conveyance duty?

MR BARR: Because the government is cutting stamp duty.


MR SMYTH: Treasurer, why are you using taxpayer-funded advertising material to deliberately mislead the community about your tax reform?

MR BARR: I am not.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Treasurer, how exactly is the message going to get out to the community about these tax reform changes around housing?

MR BARR: It is, of course, appropriate when taxation arrangements change for the community to be informed of those changes. That occurs through a variety of means—information associated with rates notices, information on the ACT Revenue Office website, information provided through social media outlets, information provided through more traditional forms of the media. I think it is entirely appropriate and entirely consistent with the approach of every government in the Western world that when they make changes to taxation arrangements they inform their constituents.

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