The Hon. ROBERT BORSAK:
My question without notice is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, representing the Treasurer. Is it a fact that current projections from the Department of Planning have metropolitan Sydney growing by 1.7 million people by 2036, while regional New South Wales will be growing by less than one-third of that amount—that is, an increase of 550,000 people? In order to encourage people to live and work in regional areas, will the Government introduce real incentives—such as reductions in rural business costs of 20 per cent, cuts in business registration of 10 per cent and cuts in payroll tax of 10 per cent to those opening in designated rural areas, as well a stamp duty concessions on rural land bought for commercial purposes, including agriculture?
The Hon. MICHAEL GALLACHER:
As someone who comes from regional New South Wales, I thank the member for his question. I will refer it to the Treasurer for response.