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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

MADAM SPEAKER (Ms J Burch) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to:

(1) Mr Ramsay for today for personal reasons.

(2) Ms Cheyne and Mr Milligan for this sitting week on official parliamentary duties.


MADAM SPEAKER: Members, I wish to acknowledge the presence in the chamber of the Hon Sue Hickey, Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly. Ms Hickey is accompanied by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Shane Donnelly. On behalf of all members, welcome here to Canberra and to the ACT Assembly.

Land Tax (Community Housing Exemption) Amendment Bill 2018

Ruling by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, before I call the Clerk for petitions, I wish to make a statement in relation to the Land Tax (Community Housing Exemption) Amendment Bill 2018, which is listed for debate tomorrow as order of the day No 1—private members’ business.

The bill was introduced on Wednesday, 19 September by Mr Mark Parton MLA. As stated in the explanatory statement for the bill, the intent of the legislation is to create an incentive for residential housing owners to provide rental properties to the ACT community housing sector by exempting them from the obligation to pay tax under the Land Tax Act 2004.

The bill does not contravene the provisions of standing orders 200, 201 and 201A, as it is not a proposed enactment for the appropriation of public money. However, as members are probably aware, the Assembly passed a resolution on 23 November 1995 which stated:

That this Assembly reaffirms the principles of the Westminster system embodied in the ‘financial initiative of the Crown’ and the limits that initiative places on the non-Executive members in moving amendments other than those to reduce items of proposed expenditure.

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