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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 August 2016) . . Page.. 2470 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Treasurer, has the Labor Party or the Labor Club gained from or exploited the system in order to get around paying change of use charges?

MR BARR: No. Those opposite know best how to do that. They have made a policy to support the private sector developers to achieve just that outcome. So you would know more about that than we would.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Chief Minister, what is the amount of forgone revenue that the government has lost due to the Labor Club basing their change of use charge on fewer apartments than are actually going to be built?

MR BARR: None.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Burch.

MS BURCH: Treasurer, can you explain the process of how proponents for lease variation are treated in a fair and equitable manner?

MR BARR: It certainly does highlight the hypocrisy of those opposite in relation to the lease variation charge—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR BARR: that those opposite will wilfully benefit a small number of their developer mates by giving a windfall gain, an unearned windfall gain, by changing the policy framework to not even collect the tax—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order!

MR BARR: In this instance the law was applied as it is intended. We are not seeking to change the law, unlike those opposite, whose morals are in the alley when it comes to these issues.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, this is a political chamber and there is a place for political debate but you will not make references to people’s morals or otherwise. That is a reflection on their character, whether you do it to one person or to the group. So withdraw.

MR BARR: I withdraw, Madam Speaker. I would note—


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