Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas has welcomed the decision today of Parliament’s Upper House to re-establish a Parliamentary inquiry into the collection of property taxes and what are widely considered to be inequities in the current system.
The Legislative Council has late this afternoon voted to appoint a select committee to inquire into property tax collection. Evidence given to the corresponding select committee appointed by the last Parliament will be referred to the newly appointed committee.
“The re-establishment of this Upper House committee will allow it to complete the work it was unable to complete prior to the election,” Mr Lucas said today.
“It is also consistent with the usual practice in the Legislative Council over many years, which has seen Committees re-established after an election to complete their work where the Member who successfully established the committee wanted to have its work finalised. The most recent example of this was the re-establishment of the Interactive Gambling Select Committee after the 2002 election.
“The Property Taxes Select Committee has much work still to do, having not yet heard from the Commissioner of State Taxation and a number of other interest groups.
“The Legislative Council and its Select Committees will continue their important work that includes keeping the Rann Government accountable to the people of South Australia.”
The Liberal Party is also seeking the re-establishment of select committees into the ‘stashed cash’ affair and the Atkinson/Ashbourne/Clarke affair, with votes on these and other committees expected to be taken next month.