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NO LAUGHING MATTER? Environment Minister David Speirs (right) holds property under joint ownership with his partner - an arrangement the Treasurer insists will be affected by changes to land tax aggregation. Photo: David Mariuz / AAP
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Lucas's marital blitz spears cabinet colleague

Spouses and partners who jointly hold investment properties could face higher land tax bills under the Marshall Government’s controversial aggregation reforms – and one of its own ministers could be burned by the changes.

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Speirs' own letters undermine his Murray-Darling claims

The Marshall Government’s claims that embattled Environment Minister David Speirs was denied “procedural fairness” are undermined by letters he sent both the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission and a separate Productivity Commission inquiry, opposing any new strategy for recovering 450 gigalitres of environmental flows under the basin plan.