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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 1724..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

that is, the Griffith library—

when she herself, purporting to be a library member, had not been a library member for two years prior to the event.

Minister, how did you find out about this lady's membership status in the library and why did you decide to make it public knowledge during the estimates process? Did you breach the Privacy Act in finding out the lady's membership status and making it public?

MR HARGREAVES: No, I did not. The information came to me from a member of the public who was also a member of the library. Mr Speaker, you will notice that I did not name that particular person in the answer I gave to the question asked during estimates. That would have been, I believe, a breach of privacy. There were probably three or four people in the demonstration outside the Griffith library who were assisting Mr Pratt and Mrs Burke at the time and it could have been any one of those three or four. But I did not disclose which one it was.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Minister, can you guarantee to this place that no member of the library service interrogated this person's library status and passed that information on to you or that you did not check after this so-called tip-off from a member of the public?

MR HARGREAVES: To the best of my recollection, no.

Planning—sustainability

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is directed to the Minister for Planning. Minister, can you advise the Assembly on how the partnership between the ACT government and CSIRO will promote sustainability?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Gentleman for his longstanding interest in sustainability issues. I particularly note Mr Gentleman's interest in matters of sustainability and his commitment to working here in the Assembly to further sustainability issues in our community.

It is clear that sustainability is crucial to Canberra's future and is, indeed, integral to the government's vision for the territory. Because the government is committed to sustainability, we are embarking on an exciting partnership with the CSIRO to develop the East Lake precinct. This project will involve leading edge science, innovative thinking and partnerships with nationally recognised organisations. For the benefit of those opposite, I believe that this project will be an example to the rest of Australia about best practice in sustainable development.

The Canberra spatial plan identified the East Lake precinct as an area for urban renewal and intensification. Members would be aware that the precinct includes parts of Griffith, Kingston and Fyshwick. This area was identified because of its strategic


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