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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1494..


Mr Humphries: I do not.

MR BERRY: Oh! But we have your version of what you think might be in it. Who cares what was in it? I will tell you what the Labor Party wanted. Who cares? I know what the position of the party was. I am telling you that, as far as I was concerned, the party's position was to build at Gungahlin. When the government changed, so did that decision.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer): I seek leave to speak again.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I do not know what was in that document, but I do know that the failure of the Labor Party to table the document in this place when it came into its hands, despite invitation, speaks volumes about what must have been in it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leases

Papers and statement by minister

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-

Pursuant to section 216A-Schedules-Leases granted, lease variations and change of use charges for the period 1 January to 30 March 2001, together with:

A copy of a lease granted to the Canberra Southern Cross Club Limited for block 7, section 15, Greenway, dated 17 January 2001.

I ask for leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, section 216A of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 specifies that a statement be tabled in the Assembly outlining details of leases granted by direct grant, leases granted to community organisations, leases granted for less than market value and leases granted over public land. The schedule I now table covers leases granted for the period 1 January 2001 to 31 March 2001. I am also tabling two other schedules relating to variations approved and change of use charges for the same period.

In September 1997 my colleague Gary Humphries, then the Minister for Environment, Land and Planning, tabled a disallowable instrument, No 228 of 1997, for the direct grant of land for any or all of commercial, residential, industrial and tourism purposes. In the tabling statement the Chief Minister indicated that a copy of the lease and a statement setting out why the lease was granted would be tabled in the Assembly.


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