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duty in arrears can be recovered in the same way as rates, land tax or land rent. This is an important revenue protection measure as the tax will no longer be collected prior to the settlement.

Stamp duty is a tax with a long history. The conveyance process that has developed across Australia assumes the properties are still transacted with physical documents; hence the concept of paying duty on a stamp. Simply moving the conveyance process online would not in itself realise the full benefits of going digital. Overhauling its administration is in line with the government’s commitment to improve service delivery and to reduce red tape overall.

This bill makes the payment of conveyance duty simpler; it makes it fairer; and it makes it more efficient. These are the principles that underpin the government’s tax reform agenda and have done so since I began the reform process in 2012. It is wonderful to have won two elections on this groundbreaking tax reform agenda and to be here today to see the passage of this other significant reform to the territory’s revenue systems. I commend the bill to the Assembly and thank all members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Transport Canberra and City Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Debate resumed from 15 December 2016, on motion by Ms Fitzharris:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR DOSZPOT (Kurrajong) (11.12): This bill, the Transport Canberra and City Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, proposes two changes to the Domestic Animals Act concerning issues related to dangerous dogs. While I believe that these changes are welcome, and we will be supporting these two clauses, they are just a start to addressing many other aspects of the dangerous dog legislation.

After 16 years in government, this Labor-Green administration has at last listened to Canberrans in the suburbs and has started to address what has been a problem in the management of dangerous dogs, a problem that has dragged on for many long years and about which we have, in the Liberals, received many complaints from the community and which we will be further addressing. The bill also proposes one change to the Public Unleased Land Act, and we understand that this clause will be withdrawn.

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