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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 13 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 3947..


Ms Tucker: May I speak on a point of order, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes. Mr Humphries, will you just maintain order for a minute? If you want to raise a point of order, feel free to climb to your feet.

Ms Tucker: The reason I felt it was offensive was because the implication was that this was not something I would do for any ordinary citizen-this was something I would do just for a mate. I have already explained that Mr Osborne gave this to me in my capacity as former chair of the privileges committee. I find offensive the implication that I would do a special favour for a mate, which was not in the interests of the ACT community and parliamentary processes. I would have done that for any citizen, because I think it is fair.

MR SPEAKER: You were not referring to standing order 55-you were referring to standing order 54.

Ms Tucker: Thank you.

MR SPEAKER: You have indicated that you find it offensive. Mrs Cross, would you care to withdraw that?

Mrs Cross: There was no intention to be offensive. There is nothing to withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Please address the chair on your feet, Mrs Cross. I would ask you to withdraw the statement. I think Ms Tucker has made her position clear.

MRS CROSS: Mr Speaker, if you wish me to withdraw the statement, I will do so-because you wish me to do so.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Cross.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Land Bill 2002

Debate resumed from 27 June 2002, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MRS DUNNE (4.49): The Liberal opposition will be opposing this bill. We believe that some of what is being suggested may be an appropriate solution, but it is certainly being suggested at the wrong time. This bill, which was introduced on 27 June, has several components. It forms the first component of a package of legislation designed to alter the regulations relating to the development of land in the territory.

The main object of the new legislative package is to provide a planning and land system that contributes to the orderly and sustainable development of the ACT, consistently with the social, environmental and economic aspirations of the people of the ACT, and in accordance with sound financial principles.


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