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AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY STAMP DUTY AMENDMENT BILL 1981 AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY TAX (INSURANCE BUSINESS) AMENDMENT
BILL 1981
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY TAX (CHEQUES) AMENDMENT BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That these Bills be now read a second time.

Senator Gietzelt moved an amendment in respect of the Australian Capital Territory Stamp Duty Amendment Bill 1981, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate--

(a) is of the opinion that--

(i) it is not appropriate to consider increases or changes in the rates of stamp duty and similar tax in the Australian Capital Territory until the financial arrangements for the Territory have been inquired into and reported on by the Grants Commission, and

(ii) the operation of the principal Act should cease on 1 July 1982 prior to which all rates of stamp duty and similar State and municipal type taxes in the Australian Capital Territory should be reviewed in accordance with recommendations of the Grants Commission;

(b) notes that the reference to the Grants Commission promised over 2 years ago has not been initiated; and

(c) calls on the Government to refer the matter to the Grants Commission immediately for early report''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be added be added--put.

The Senate divided--

AYES, 28

Senator-- Senator-- Bolkus McClelland Childs McIntosh Coates McLaren Colston Macklin Elstob Mason Evans Mulvihill Foreman Primmer Georges Ray, Robert Gietzelt Robertson Giles Ryan Grimes Siddons Haines Walsh Hearn Jones Teller: Keeffe Sibraa

NOES, 28

Senator-- Senator-- Archer Lajovic Baume Lewis Bjelke-Petersen Messner Bonner Missen Carrick Rae, Peter Chaney Reid Collard Scott Crichton-Browne Teague Durack Thomas Guilfoyle, Townley Dame Margaret Watson Hamer Withers Harradine Young Hill Teller: Jessop Kilgariff

The Ayes and Noes being equal, amendment negatived accordingly.

Question--That these Bills be now read a second time--put and passed.

Bills read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bills.

In the Committee

Bills, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bills to be reported without requests.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator McClelland) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Finance (Senator Dame Margaret Guilfoyle) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bills read a third time.