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The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (15:14): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Treasurer a question on land tax.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: I was contacted by a constituent today regarding the changes to land tax. The constituent is elderly and purchased their properties decades ago and advised that they do not have access to the internet to be able to give feedback on the consultation. Can the minister advise how people in these situations are meant to provide feedback, given everything is online and many of the changes will affect those who do not have access to the internet?

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (15:15): I can check, but I would be surprised if we were so red tape bound that if someone wrote a letter to me as the Treasurer in relation to their views on the land tax legislation that we wouldn't take that into consideration. I can think immediately of quite a number of pieces of correspondence that I have received via mail as opposed to the online submissions.

The Hon. E.S. Bourke: Have you checked your junk file?

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS: I am told it is still religiously checked just to see whether my little mates in the shoppies union have been sending me stuff that they shouldn't be sending. I will check for the honourable member but I think he can take it that if a constituent or indeed others wish to write to me as the Treasurer I can assure the honourable member and his constituent that we will give due consideration to the constituent's submissions.

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