Part 2: Expense Measures (Continued)
Finance and Deregulation
Australian Electoral Commission — additional funding
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The Government will provide an additional $58.0 million over four years to the Australian Electoral Commission to maintain its operating capacity and to support electoral participation.
This measure continues funding provided in the 2011‑12 Budget measure titled Australian Electoral Commission — additional funding.
Cox Peninsula remediation work — second pass business case
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The Government will provide $4.0 million over two years for the Department of Finance and Deregulation to develop a second pass business case for the remediation of contamination and waste management on Sections 32, 34 and 41 of the Cox Peninsula, Northern Territory. This measure will enable second stage consideration by the Government in the 2014‑15 Budget of a business case relating to remediation of land forming part of the Kenbi land claim.
Deregulation agenda — additional funding
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The Government will provide $6.9 million over four years to support the Government's deregulation agenda, including continuing oversight of the remaining Seamless National Economy reforms until the end of 2012 and establishing and supporting the recently announced COAG cross‑jurisdiction taskforce for the new productivity‑enhancing regulatory and competition reform agenda.
Fire Service Levy — reduction
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The Government will achieve savings from a reduction in the fire services levy payments made to State and Territory governments through the implementation of a single Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU will address an imbalance in payments across jurisdictions and result in more equitable arrangements relative to payments made by commercial property owners for fire service protection through respective State/Territory levies. The payments will be made by the Treasury to the States and Territories in accordance with the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations. Currently, the fire services levy payments are made to the States and Territories by the Department of Finance and Deregulation, from Comcover premiums paid by Government agencies.
The final level of savings is subject to the completion of negotiations with the States and Territories.
Savings from this measure will be redirected to support other Government priorities.
Malabar Headland — remediation work
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The Government will provide $8.0 million over two years to undertake work related to the transfer of parts of the Malabar Headland to the New South Wales Government. This includes work to remove unsafe structures and to secure heritage World War II fortifications from unauthorised access by the public, and work to meet environmental standards.
Sydney Airport Corporation Limited stamp duty litigation — additional funding
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The Government will provide $7.4 million in 2011‑12 to meet legal and other costs associated with the Commonwealth's litigation against the stamp duty assessment issued by the New South Wales Office of State Revenue on the sale of the Commonwealth's share in Sydney Airport Corporation Limited.
Further details on this issue are provided in the Statement of Risks in Budget Paper No.1 2012‑13.
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