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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (19 February) . . Page.. 311..


MR SPEAKER (continuing):

In the Supreme Court on 8 February, both the non-publication orders of the court of 24 December and a later one of 10 January were vacated by consent and there was no need to seek to intervene. As members will be aware, it is proposed that the report will be presented in the Assembly later today.

Members, the privileges this Assembly possesses are precious and fundamental to its ability to perform its functions. We must all be vigilant to ensure that no action, whether it be inadvertent or otherwise, is taken that could impede the Assembly, its members or its committees in the performance of their proper roles. It is for these reasons that, as Speaker, I took the action outlined and proposed to seek to intervene in the court proceedings on the matter. I table the advice received from Clayton Utz on the matter. I present the following paper:

Gallop Inquiry Report-Legal Advice from Clayton Utz-Potential breach of Parliamentary Privilege, dated 18 January 2002.

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee

Report No 1

MRS DUNNE (10.38): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Planning and Environment-Standing Committee-Report No 1-Draft Variation No 176-Bruce Central Precinct, dated 18 February 2002, together with a copy of extracts from the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I ask for leave to move a motion authorising the electronic publication of the report.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I move:

That the report be authorised for electronic publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MRS DUNNE: I move:

That the report be noted.

I would like to point out, Mr Speaker, that this is the first report of the current Standing Committee on Planning and Environment. The report relates to Bruce precinct and it is the first of what appears will be many reports of the standing committee relating to draft variations to the Territory Plan.

This report covers that part of the Bruce precinct known as Fern Hill. Briefly, Mr Speaker, the committee was generally in favour of the proposed changes that would allow the provision of a local centre near the entrance to the Fern Hill area; about 20 hectares of medium-density housing up to three storeys in height; expanding the use of the 30 hectares of commercial land previously designated as offices to include


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