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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (28 February) . . Page.. 355..


MR OSBORNE (continuing):

do that. The third was to meet Sir Donald Bradman, and unfortunately I have to echo some of the sentiments from a-I think it was an Indian-fellow on the TV last night, who said that his world had caved in because his one dream in life had been to meet the great man.

There is no logic in it either: he was just a cricketer. But, I think cricket for me is a link between my childhood and the special times I had with my father, who was a good cricketer. My fondest memories of being with my dad were going with him when he played, and putting the pads on-which came up to my neck-and dad just throwing the ball to me, for hours. As I said earlier, I was saddened when Sir Donald passed the other day. There was something reassuring for me-even though we all knew he was getting on and getting old-in knowing that he was alive and still over there in Adelaide.

I was over at Mal Meninga's house a few months ago, and he has a picture on his wall of himself meeting Sir Donald Bradman. I think most people acknowledge that Mal is probably one of the greatest sportsmen ever to play rugby league but, when Mal spoke about that meeting with Don Bradman, he was just like a little kid talking about being in the presence of someone great. I think the important thing about Sir Donald was that he played cricket and was so dominant during a period of Australia's history when we needed somebody to make us feel good about ourselves, and he certainly did that. I echo the thoughts of all members today in saying that he will certainly be missed.

Question resolved in the affirmative, members standing in their places.

Land (Planning and Environment) Amendment Bill 2000 (No 3)

Debate resumed from 24 May 2000, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Mr Osborne ) negatived:

That the debate be adjourned.

MS TUCKER (10.55): This bill has to be assessed in the context of the whole planning system of the ACT. At the time of self-government the Commonwealth government introduced the ACT (Planning and Land Management) Act, which required establishment of an ACT Planning Authority to prepare and administer the Territory Plan and to keep it under review.

The Land (Planning and Environment) Act passed by the Assembly in 1991 gave effect to the requirements of the federal legislation. It established an ACT Planning Authority but specified that this authority was to be constituted by the chief planner rather than a separate organisation. But the chief planner was a statutory position, and the act contained various provisions about the appointment of the chief planner.

However, the land act was amended by the Liberal government in late 1996 to remove the statutory position of chief planner and to specify that the ACT Planning Authority would be constituted by an office in the public service. This office is the executive


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