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Motion: Payroll Tax Select Committee

11 April 2024

The Hon. R.A. SIMMS (17:16): I am sorry to break with the moment of collective kumbaya we had moments ago and indicate that I am not in a position to support this push for yet another committee from the Hon. Connie Bonaros. We have talked extensively about the fact that this parliament is overburdened with committees at the moment and the Hon. Connie Bonaros, whilst I understand she does have a significant passion in this area, is seeking to add another committee to the burgeoning list. For us in the Greens we do not see this as being appropriate at the moment.

I do recognise the concerns that the Hon. Connie Bonaros articulated in her speech, when she introduced this push for a committee, when she talked about healthcare workers. I submit to you, Mr President, that we do not require a committee because we have already passed a resolution of this chamber asking the government to take action on healthcare workers and the impact of payroll tax on the healthcare sector. We do not need an inquiry to know what to do; we have already asked the government to step up and take action.

I do not consider an inquiry to be appropriate in this circumstance. I understand the Hon. Connie Bonaros will be disappointed with my position on that, but I have also faced the bitter disappointment that comes from not always getting my committees over the line so I understand her pain. In this instance, we are not able to support this referral.