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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 6 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2057..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

feel like they can come here and participate in the process of their parliament—it is their Assembly. It is also important, though, that the staff have appropriate working conditions. That will be something that the Liberal Party will be monitoring.

We also looked at the reliability of the lifts, which I know is of concern to some people, particularly if you cannot use the stairs. The provision of a lift system that works reliably and well all the time is also something that came up in the hearings and about which the committee was concerned.

Mr Speaker, I take on board what you say. I will just make a final comment about the process that got us here to having such a cognate debate. It is a shame that some members of the Assembly were shut out from having an appropriate say earlier in the day whereas other members of the Assembly were allowed to have their say.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 to 2.30 pm.

Visitors

MR SPEAKER: I welcome a delegation from Vietnam who are with us today.

Questions without notice

Gas-fired power station

MR SESELJA: My question is to the planning minister. Minister, FOI documents show that, under encouragement from a third party, ActewAGL contacted you regarding fee relief for their development application for the data centre and power station development in Tuggeranong. Your reply of 25 March indicates that you directed ActewAGL to the Chief Minister for discussions relating to reduction of fees. Have you, your office or ACTPLA received any advice at any time from the Chief Minister or his officials regarding this matter? If so, what was that advice?

MR BARR: Thank you. I am not aware of receiving a response from the Chief Minister. I will check on that and advise the Assembly. I will take that part of the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question?

MR SESELJA: Thank you. Minister, has fee relief been provided to ActewAGL? If so, what fee was charged? What was the amount of the fee relief provided?

MR BARR: That would be a matter for the Treasurer. I will take that on notice and advise the Assembly.

Children—protection

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People and relates to the removal of four young people from their home by police this morning. I


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