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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3168..


MR SPEAKER: That you had been cleared by two inquiries.

Mr Berry: That's true.

It's a bit hard to withdraw that. I continue:

MR SPEAKER: Which was more than the Chief Minister had.

Mr Berry: That's right.

MR SPEAKER: There is an implication there, and if you didn't mean it, withdraw it.

Mr Berry: No, they are both statements of fact. Mr Speaker, what can I do other than that-

MR SPEAKER: Withdraw, and we can get on with the business ...

Mr Speaker, this Hansard indicates that I was unfairly badgered by you and the Chief Minister over something that I did not say. I was Gary-ed repeatedly, and I don't think any member has to put up with that in this place.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, standing order 46 does not allow for that kind of language to be used in relation to-

MR BERRY: It does. Personal explanation. I am not going to be attacked in here by you misrepresenting the facts, which you are commonly known to do.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, if I may speak to the comments: Mr Berry did make allegations in respect of that matter and I believe that you quite properly asked him to withdraw that.

Land (Planning and Environment) Amendment Bill 2001 (No 4)

Debate resumed from 14 June 2001, on motion by Mr Rugendyke:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR HUMPHRIES (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs, and Treasurer) (3.23): Mr Speaker, the government will support this bill of Mr Rugendyke's. Mr Rugendyke is attempting to deal with a perceived problem to do with the way in which applications are made for redevelopment of existing houses in the ACT.

I think the bill will assist Planning and Land Management in passing on to interested neighbours a great deal more information about development that may affect them, and for that reason alone the amendments are worthy of support. Importantly, the bill will also assist in raising the quality of development applications and assessing them.

There is a commonly expressed concern that neighbours feel that the information about development around them is inadequate and that its implications are not clear. The government and PALM have been examining effective and affordable ways to address


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