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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (14 May) . . Page.. 1931..


puts in place changes to make sure the scale of redevelopment in places like Dickson, in places like the inner south, in places like the Woden valley, are more appropriate and of a more sensitive nature to established residential areas, whilst still providing for housing choice. That is what this variation is about. It is the reason it should be supported. It is the reason why this Assembly supported it in the disallowance debate last week, because a majority of members in this place clearly understand its benefits, the benefits that accrue to the community overall, and those are the benefits that are going to be seen by members of the community.

Mr Coe: On a point of order, I ask whether the minister is reflecting on a vote of this place.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thanks, Mr Coe. No, I do not think so. Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: I have concluded my answer, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what threshold of lost revenue will the government have to lose before DV306 is tinkered with?

MR CORBELL: I do not accept the proposition that the government will lose any revenue from this variation.

Supermarkets—competition policy

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is for the Minister for Economic Development. Minister, last week the government announced that it was withdrawing the supermarket competition policy implementation plan. Given this change, will the Amaroo and Dickson supermarket site tenders, which have now closed, continue to be administered under the former supermarket policy or under a new policy framework?

MR BARR: As I indicated to the Assembly when I made my statement, they will continue under the old arrangements.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what is the policy framework that will be applied to direct sales of land for supermarket sites?

MR BARR: Cabinet has a process for considering direct sales for any land and that process will apply also for supermarkets.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what will you do to allay any confusion arising in the supermarket sector over the introduction of a new term "net selling area"?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, are you going to answer that?


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