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Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill

A member’s bill in the name of Ruth Dyson. Introduced on May 5, 2016. This bill addresses an anomaly in the Rates Rebate Act to ensure retirement village residents are recognised as paying rates and are therefore entitled to apply for a rates rebate regardless of the billing practice of the local authority. Completed its first reading on November 9 with all parties in favour and sent to the Local Government and Environment Committee for consideration. Report back extended from May 9 to July 6. Reported back on June 30 with a majority of Govt MPs voting it should not proceed. They said while the intent of the Bill was correct, it would not work in the way intended and would still leave gaps in the way rates rebates were handled. They argued the issue should be dealt with in wider review. Opposition MPs disagreed and said the Bill would at least fix part of the problem. Second reading debate interrupted on July 26 with National still indicating its opposition. The change in Govt meant the bill which was set for defeat completed its second reading on Nov 29 with National and ACT still opposing. Committee stage completed on Dec 13 with a number of Government drafted amendments to make it more workable. Completed third reading on Jan 31 with all parties in support. Rates Rebate (Retirement Village Residents) Amendment Bill