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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 10 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2980..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

Mr Corbell attempted a non-launch of Urban renaissance: Canberra: a sustainable future by covering it with the relaunching of his spatial plan. For a long time I hoped he was not deliberately hiding it, but I now know that he is deliberately hiding the results of this-

Mr Corbell: How do you know that?

MRS DUNNE: Because he will never talk about it, except to say that what we need to have is a spatial plan. We agree; everyone agrees. But let us talk about what else is in here. Let us talk about what else it says that we need to do. We are not having a discussion about what we need to do for the future of Canberra.

Mr Corbell: Are you coming on 4 September?

MRS DUNNE: Yes, I am. You know I am, because you have received my RSVP.

Mr Corbell: That is what we are doing. We are talking about that.

MRS DUNNE: And you are going to do it all on the 4th. You are going to solve it on the 4th. Mr Corbell has waxed lyrical about the values and the motivations of draft variation 200, but this is not the point of debate today. The point is that we are putting the cart before the horse. The minister said he has had lots of productive meetings with members of the community, but I suspect he has not listened. I know that the Institute of Architects have asked him, as they have asked me, to put some rationality in this. I know that the Institute of Planners have done the same thing. I know the Property Council has done the same thing. From meetings they have had with me I know that they have had meetings with the minister at which they asked for some rationality.

They say that strategically draft variation 200 pre-empts and is premature. It is premature because it pre-empts the outcomes of the spatial plan, the Canberra Plan, the economic white paper and the social plan. It is premature because it pre-empts the discussion about what sustainability is. We have not had the discussion about what sustainability is. We still have a discussion paper out trying to find the information.

Ms Tucker in particular missed the point about what draft variation 200 does. Draft variation 200, as Mr Smyth said, has interim effect which kicks in on 1 September, on Sunday. That means that everything that can happen when draft variation 200 is finally made will happen in this town from 1 September, irrespective of what finally happens in the draft variation.

Mr Corbell: No, that is not strictly true.

MRS DUNNE: Mr Corbell spoke at length, and he tries to interrupt here because, although he is finally getting his way, he is hearing things that he does not like to hear. He does not like to hear someone present a counter-opinion. The impact of draft variation 200, as we have said before, could be catastrophic on this town by the time we do the whole process, get to the other end, look at the spatial plan and consider whether they fit together. There is a great risk that they will not fit together. At the moment the institutions are coming to me saying, "How does draft variation 200 and the


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