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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 August 2015) . . Page.. 2578 ..

MR BARR: That is an unusual approach, Madam Speaker. In concluding my answer in relation to Mr Doszpot’s question, those jurisdictions that have a much lower payroll tax threshold expose small businesses to payroll tax. In the ACT we have a very high payroll tax free threshold, and one that is continuing to increase as part of tax reform.

The final point I would make in response to Mr Doszpot is that those businesses in Manuka, and indeed all businesses around the ACT, have seen their tax on all of their insurance products—all of their insurance products—cut from 10 per cent to now two per cent, and on 1 July next year it will be zero. So all of those businesses, if there had not been tax reform, would be paying 10 per cent on top of all of their insurance premiums, growing every year into the future—one of the worst taxes levied by state and territory governments.

Mr Hanson: They are really happy.

MR BARR: I know Mr Hanson is a big fan of bad taxes. He loves the unfair ones. He wants more GST; he wants more stamp duty; he wants more insurance tax. That is what Mr Hanson wants. That is the Liberal Party’s position.

Mr Hanson: Show me where I said that.

MR BARR: No, you just want to keep quietly dipping into people’s pockets on stamp duty, on insurance taxes, on the GST—all of those things—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR BARR: because that is the position of the Liberal opposition because you do not support tax reform.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR BARR: You support those bad taxes going up every year—

MADAM SPEAKER: Address the chair.

MR BARR: That is the position of the Liberal Party, and we see it time and time again.

Mr Gentleman: A point of order, Madam Speaker, before you give your ruling.

MADAM SPEAKER: You are anticipating that I am going to give a ruling. A point of order?

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