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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 2338..


MR SESELJA (continuing):

minister, given the serious concerns raised about the EpiCentre process, what steps have you taken to satisfy yourself as to the probity of this process?

MR CORBELL: There is no reason to question the probity of the process.

Planning-EpiCentre lease

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Minister, documents released to the planning and environment committee clearly show that ING made a written inquiry of ACTPLA in relation to discount outlet retailing. The letter states:

We formally request that you please confirm whether or not discount outlet retailing is to be a permitted use under the territory plan.

The draft correspondence suggests that the reply came from the Land Development Agency, rather than from ACTPLA. This is in contrast with later correspondence from Austexx, which was responded to by ACTPLA. Minister, can you confirm whether the LDA did in fact reply to ING? What did the response say with regard to the request from ING and will you table this correspondence to the Assembly?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SMYTH: I ask a supplementary question. Minister, why did ACTPLA's reply to Austexx provide clear indications as to permissible uses, yet the LDA reply was simply to leave ING to work it out for themselves?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I do not accept Mr Smyth's version of events. As is often the case with questions from the opposition, they present scenarios that are quite misleading and out of context. I will take the question on notice in relation to LDA's reply to ING. That is what I will do.

Schools-maintenance

MRS DUNNE: My question is directed to the Minister for the Territory and Municipal Services. There will be up to 39 schools transferred to the control of your department once an announcement is made about their closure in December, yet there does not seem to be any money in the territory and municipal services budget to cover the ongoing maintenance of these schools. How much will you spend on maintaining the schools closed as part of the 2020 process this financial year? What action will your department take once the schools are transferred to your control?

MR HARGREAVES: My colleague, Mr Barr, actually indicated repeatedly and ad nauseam recently that the consultation process is to take six months. I will talk to him at the conclusion of that six months.

MRS DUNNE: How much do you anticipate raising from land sales from these schools in this financial year and subsequent financial years? Do you anticipate using the Treasurer's advance to cover the costs of maintaining the schools in your care?


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