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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1833..


the operation of law in relation to criminal liability and coronial processes, as well as a misunderstanding of the principles of political accountability.

Development—application objections

(Question No 2034)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 8 April 2008:

(1) Is there a process for the extension of time for objections to be raised against development applications if the development application information is not available on the website as advertised;

(2) What is the process involved when lessees repeatedly begin construction prior to, or without obtaining, a development application.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No. The provision of information on the ACT Planning and Land Authority (Authority) website with respect to notified Development Applications (DA) is a customer service only. The Planning and Development Act 2007 does not require that notified DAs be made available on the website.

(2) Conducting a development without the required development approval is a breach of the Planning and Development Act 2007 (the Act) and constitutes a controlled activity under schedule 2 of the Act. As such these breaches can be subject to a controlled activity order that may require amongst other things, the lessee to submit a DA to seek approval of the unapproved works. In some cases the Authority may deem it necessary to force the demolition of the unapproved works.

If a licensed builder is undertaking work that requires building approval, without an approval, the builder may be investigated by the Construction Occupations Registrar under the Construction Occupations (Licensing) Act 2004.

On completion of an investigation, the Construction Occupations Registrar may determine that disciplinary action is warranted.

Rhodium Asset Solutions Ltd

(Question No 2035)

Mr Mulcahy asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 9 April 2008 (redirected to the Treasurer):

(1) Has Rhodium disclosed any staff information, such as the names, job titles, salaries or bonuses of staff members, to 'Super Group' or any other superannuation fund without the permission of the relevant staff member; if so, is the Minister able to say whether this disclosure has been in accordance with ACT law;

(2) Have any staff at Rhodium been asked or required to pay money as a fine for being late to work; if so, is the Minister able to say whether this is in accordance with ACT law and the relevant employment contracts and instruments;


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