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Mr Wall: A holiday.

MRS DUNNE: A holiday. But, of course, as soon as the election is over, we will be back up to, on average, 10 per cent again. For instance, take one resident that I met recently, a resident who has lived in Aranda since Aranda was Aranda and has raised her family there. Even though we are being told we are having a rates holiday of only 4.5 per cent this year, her rates are going up by close to eight per cent this year because of the value of land in Aranda.

As she has said to me, she has lived in Aranda since Aranda was Aranda. She has raised her family there, but now she is on her own and she is on a fixed income and she does not know how long she can continue to live in her family home in Aranda. Of course, the Chief Minister’s response to that is, “Just rack it up on your estate and leave it for your kids to fix.”

Mr Wall: Sounds like a death tax.

MRS DUNNE: It is a death tax, and it is an avoidable tax that people in Australia want to avoid. People want to be able to hand on their family home unencumbered to their children. It is becoming increasingly difficult for people to do that in the ACT because of the rise in the cost of living.

Families in Canberra deserve better than they have been receiving from this Labor-Greens government. This Labor-Greens government is out of touch and does not care and does not understand what is going on in the suburbs. They have never seen something they did not want to tax and tax and tax, and they do not care about the impacts on families.

Discussion concluded.

Discrimination Amendment Bill 2016

Debate resumed from 8 June 2016, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (4.05): The Canberra Liberals will be supporting this bill today. It does a number of things. As outlined in the explanatory statement, it provides an overview and indicates that this bill implements the first stage of reforms to the Discrimination Act 1991 following recommendations made by the ACT Law Reform Advisory Council. The bill makes improvements to the act that include the ability for people to make complaints of both direct and indirect discrimination on more than one ground, refines the range and scope of protected attributes in line with developments in discrimination law nationally and internationally and includes new protected attributes. The bill also revises the application of vilification provisions in the ACT to include disability in these grounds.

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