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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2660..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

There is, I would argue, strong support for the establishment of a statutory planning and land authority, and that is reflected not only in the election result but in comments since. From an industry perspective, there is a need for certainty in what the new administrative arrangements are.

The last thing I want is to see this debate prolonged and see no resolution on the future shape of planning administration in the ACT until well into next year. That would not be a desirable outcome. It would create significant uncertainty both for community and industry, not to mention for officers who currently work in PALM itself.

In the interests of an orderly transition, this report date of 12 November will allow the government to respond in a timely way. I indicate now that the government anticipates bringing on the bill for debate in that same sitting period.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Community Services and Social Equity-Standing Committee

Report No 2

MR HARGREAVES (11.56): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Community Services and Social Equity-Standing Committee-Report No 2-Accommodation and Support Services for Homeless Men and their Children, dated 19 August 2002, together with a copy of the extracts of the minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR HARGREAVES: I move:

That the report be noted.

This report had an interesting genesis, Mr Speaker. It started when there was a blue between the opposition and the government of the day on tender processes. The Assembly decided that that was not really on, and tossed it out. What remained was an investigation into the support services and accommodation that homeless men and their accompanying children were able to access in this town.

In a way by sheer accident, as a committee, Ms Dundas, Mrs Cross and I found ourselves looking into something which came to us out of the blue. What we found was quite revealing.


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