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Question Without Notice No. 678 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 October 2017 by Hon Charles Smith

Minister responding: Hon P.C. Tinley
Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 11 October 2017

PROPERTY TAX — OVERSEAS INVESTMENT
      678. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the minister representing the Minister for Housing:
Available statistics reveal that overseas investors bought more than 10 per cent of all new housing in Australia in the first quarter of 2017.
(1) Can the minister advise the house how many properties were purchased by foreign buyers in WA?
      (2) When is the Labor government going to start delivering its campaign promise of a four per cent foreign buyer tax?
Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following information has been provided by the Minister for Housing.
(1) The Department of Communities does not collect this data for the properties it sells.
(2) Any questions regarding the foreign buyer tax should be directed to the Treasurer; Minister for Finance.