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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 3 Hansard (9 March) . . Page.. 892..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

amendments to legislation to review restrictive planning policies that inhibit the development of the city centre in particular are already under way.

The government is on the front foot in developing and implementing this strategic plan, a strategic plan that got nine out of 10 from key industry groups which have been calling for a strategic planning document for over a decade. This government has delivered a strategic planning document that is strongly supported across the community sector, the environment sector and the business community. It is a plan for the future. It is a plan with a vision for where Canberra can go. It is a plan that is on the right track. But there are no policies and no new approaches from the Liberal Party. All we get is just whinge, whinge, whinge.

Private developments-traffic arrangements

MS TUCKER: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Corbell, and I must say that the quoting that we just witnessed was very interesting and selective-it was quite misleading, in fact.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the question.

MS TUCKER: The question is in regard-

Mr Corbell: On point of order, Mr Speaker. Ms Tucker's suggestion that I was misleading the Assembly is quite unparliamentary.

Mrs Dunne: The quoting was misleading.

MS TUCKER: It was misleading-but, anyway, I withdraw it.

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order: that was a qualified withdrawal.

MR SPEAKER: It was a withdrawal and an addition, as far as I could make out. So it has to be withdrawn unequivocally. Withdraw that, Ms Tucker.

MS TUCKER: I withdraw.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Now could you ask the question.

MS TUCKER: My question to Mr Corbell is in relation to the community meeting that I attended and you attended at Amaroo last week. As you are well aware, a number of issues came up at that meeting. One of the issues was the lack of access, because of the gate being closed, to a private path which goes through the Whitehaven estate. This is the result of a mistake with the original lease.

My question is particularly about a comment that was made by the police officer who spoke to the community that night, and I notice that the minister is nodding as if he is aware of it. I am interested in your giving me some information on what you have done about it. The police officer said that one of the problems that was being described by the Whitehaven residents was that the traffic conditions within the estate were extremely dangerous. You will recall that they said there were a number of blind corners et cetera.


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