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16 February 2021


The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (15:14): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Treasurer, representing the Attorney-General, a question about actual use valuations used by the government for rating and taxing purposes.


Leave granted.


The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: I understand the Valuer-General recently released an implementation policy concerning the valuation of land used for the business of primary production and the principal place of residence of an owner, which is not consistent with the provisions of section 22A of the Valuation of Land Act. I have written to the Valuer-General advising that I have serious concerns about the accuracy of this policy and have requested to meet on a number of occasions, but the Valuer-General has refused to meet in person or by telephone. In order to resolve this impasse, can the minister ask the Valuer-General to meet with me to resolve these inconsistencies?


The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (15:15): I am very happy to refer the honourable member's question to the minister and bring back a reply.


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Response


16 March 2021


The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer): The Attorney-General has provided the following response:

The Attorney-General respects the independence of the office of the Valuer-General and the Valuer-General's decision to not personally meet with the honourable member. This follows advice given to the Hon. John Darley MLC by the Valuer-General previously and expanded upon at Budget and Finance Committee.


The Hon. John Darley MLC is invited to put his concerns in writing, noting that the Valuer-General has responded to a number of requests by the Hon. John Darley MLC to meet regarding this topic, inviting him to raise specific matters in writing. To date, that invitation has not been taken up.


We also note a subsequent question raised 2 March 2021 relating to this topic. The Valuer-General has also previously addressed this matter in the aforementioned responses.