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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 1768..


MR PRATT (continuing):

Then there is the taxi industry. Today, Mr Hargreaves talked about the meeting that he had on 12 July. That is a meeting that he had with industry leaders. There was a very short agenda. He wanted to lay down two points, and two points only. In the previous 12 months, he had refused to meet those industry leaders to address a whole range of issues affecting the taxi industry. If ministers of this government are not going to meet these people, how is it open and accountable? (Time expired.)

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I claim to be misrepresented and ask to make a statement under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: You may proceed, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. In the matter of public importance just concluded, Mr Barr said in his remarks that I did not attend all of the public meetings in relation to the school closure consultation last year. I want to put on the record that I did attend all of the public meetings as part of the school closure consultation. I do not know whether the minister was being cute about that; there were a lot of other meetings that I was not able to attend because they were private meetings. I will put on the record that there were probably about four people in the community who attended all of those meetings. That included one member of Mr Barr's staff, Mr Barr, me and one member of the media.

MR SPEAKER: Order! You have made your point. Resume your seat. Time for this discussion has expired.

Planning and Development Bill 2006

[Cognate bills:

Planning and Development (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007

Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2007]

Debate resumed from 31 May 2007, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SPEAKER: I understand it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this Bill cognately with executive business order of the day No 3—the Planning and Development (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2007—and executive business order of the day No 4—the Building Legislation Amendment Bill 2007.

That being the case I remind members that in debating order of the day No 2, Executive Business they may also address their remarks to orders of the day Nos 3 and 4.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (5.19): The opposition will be supporting this bill in principle. We will be moving some amendments in the detail stage which I will flag shortly. The reason we support the bill in principle is that the planning system in the ACT is broken. It has sometimes been described as the worst in Australia. Whether this is true or not, it is acknowledged by industry and many in the community who deal with the planning system that there are significant problems currently which


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