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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 4 Hansard (21 June) . . Page.. 1013..


LAND (PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT) ACT LEASES
Paper and Ministerial Statement

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present, pursuant to section 261A of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991, the statement which details the leases granted in the quarter ending 31 March 1995. I ask for leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: As members know, the Act requires to be tabled in the Assembly a schedule of leases that were issued by direct grant during the quarter. The schedule I now table covers the period from 1 January 1995 to 31 March 1995. As always, copies of the leases are available to members of the Assembly, and indeed the public, from the department's shopfront at the John Overall Offices. Almost all of those leases that I have just tabled, with one exception, are granted to the Commissioner for Housing. Mr Moore did ask me about the possibility of including in those reports, in future, references to the betterment or the land rent paid in respect of those leases. That was not relevant in this particular case especially, but that is certainly a requirement that I hope we can satisfy in the case of future tabling statements.

MR WOOD (3.34): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to respond to the statement.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: This is a routine reporting by now. I note that the first and only one of any significance is developments at Dickson. In the two minutes in which I have had this document in my hands, I have not been able to check exactly what that is, and I would request Mr Humphries to provide me with the details of it. I assume that it is the site for what was to be the DELP building. As I recall, in an earlier time, when I was Minister, that would have been part of the proposed Chinatown development. Perhaps I am wrong. In any case, I think it is appropriate at some time for Mr Humphries to report to the Assembly on that development and perhaps to tell us whether this is part of it, whether it is a natural flow-through from that or whether other arrangements have been made.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
Education and Health Budgets

MRS CARNELL: I would like to make a statement to clarify a statement that I made in question time. It certainly is not a big issue, but I would like to clarify a statement that I made. In answer to the first question about benchmarks in health and education, I made the point that, in the area of health, we would be looking at bringing costs and the quality of service down to national levels. What I should have said was "in line with national benchmarks". We were talking about benchmarks. That is what I should have said. It is a little issue, but I think it is an important one.


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