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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3649..


MR SPEAKER: Minister, you have the floor again. If you can come to the question.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, there was a detailed competition impact assessment undertaken as part of the development application. That assessment clearly indicated that, whilst there would be some impact on other operators, as you would logically expect, because there is another supermarket in operation in the area, it was not an impact that was so detrimental that it would force other businesses to close. Indeed, the conclusion that was reached in that assessment was that there was a sufficient customer base to be shared around amongst the different operators.

Of course, the consequence of that is that it means all operators will have to be more competitive in the delivery of services to that neighbourhood. That is a good thing for people who live in that area. It means that there will be more supermarkets providing more competition, better choice and better value for money for consumers. That was a key consideration for the government in relation to this matter.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, does your decision to call this in vindicate the position of Neil Savery and will you now apologise for the disgraceful way that Neil Savery has been treated?

MR CORBELL: The matters raised by the previous chief planning executive were of no direct relevance to me in determining my decision. My decision was made consistent with the provisions of the act.

Emergency Services Agency—headquarters

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, on 30 June this year you said in reply to a question that you were not aware whether the windows in the new headquarters of the Emergency Services Agency at Fairbairn interfered with the operation of the trunk radio network. Minister, have any windows in the new headquarters for the emergency services been replaced and, if so, why were they replaced?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, a number of windows at the ESA's emergency headquarters in Fairbairn have been replaced. I am now advised, Mr Speaker, that they have been replaced—

Opposition members interjecting

MR SPEAKER: Order! Let's hear the minister's answer.

MR CORBELL: —and that they were replaced because of the nature of the glass used in those windows. That nature of the glass used in those windows was such that it interfered with reception for mobile phone, radio and pager reception for certain


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