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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 3760..


MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, why did your department black out even more sections of the report after ACAT made its ruling?

MR CORBELL: My understanding, and the advice I have from the Chief Solicitor, is that the reductions were made in good faith, based on the directorate's assessment of what the tribunal's orders meant. The presiding member has indicated her concerns in relation to a number of those reductions. The government does not contest these matters and will be seeking to comply absolutely with the tribunal's orders.

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what actions will you take to ensure that your department complies fully with the ACAT order?

MR CORBELL: I have indicated to my directorate and to the director-general that a range of steps need to be taken to ensure not only that do we adhere in all respects to the tribunal's orders but also that our management of this and other matters is at a consistently high level. He has given me assurances that he will be putting steps in place to achieve that.

MR HANSON: I have got a supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Attorney, how do you reconcile the behaviour of the government in this case with the responsibilities of the territory as a model litigant?

MR CORBELL: The issues of model litigant do not arise in this case. That is the very clear advice I have from the chief solicitor. This relates to an interpretation of what the tribunal's orders meant in relation to the reduction of certain details from the documents. Those reductions were made in good faith. The tribunal have indicated their concern with the extent of those reductions. The government do not contest those issues. At every step, we will seek to comply with the tribunal's orders, and a process is now underway to ensure that that is the case.

Civic—development

MS PORTER: My question, through you, Mr Speaker, is to the Minister for Economic Development. Would the minister advise what steps the government has taken or is taking to make Civic more economically and socially vibrant?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question. To enhance Civic as a modern and attractive city centre requires public and private investment. It requires transport and public realm improvements to go hand in hand with private development. It requires


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