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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 1 Hansard (26 February) . . Page.. 176..


focus, the scrutiny and the preparedness to identify individuals and their salaries and then pass judgements on that. That probably occurs more in Canberra than it does anywhere else.

Planning—Canberra Raiders lease change

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, you have been quoted in support of the North Canberra Community Council in the Canberra Times on 18 February as characterising the Canberra Raiders lease change case currently before ACAT by saying, "I think the proposal is really absurd." Minister, why did you describe the Raiders lease change proposal as "really absurd" given that ACTPLA approved it in July?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, before there is a point of order, can you repeat the question?

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, you have been quoted in support of the North Canberra Community Council in the Canberra Times on 18 February as characterising the Canberra Raiders lease change case before ACAT by saying, "I think the proposal is really absurd." Minister, why did you describe the Raiders lease change proposal as "really absurd" given that ACTPLA approved it in July?

The issue here is that he is the minister for services. The Raiders want to change the lease to provide additional services to the people of the inner north, and I think there are no claims against it.

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services is not the minister responsible—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Coe! Stop!

Mr Corbell: The Minister for Territory and Municipal Services is not the minister responsible for matters involving proposals for decisions to vary leases; those matters fall within my portfolio responsibilities.

Mr Coe: On the point of order, in and amongst other things which the article and the issue are about is the provision of car parking, which is on site at the moment. As much of the provision of parking services is provided by TAMS, I therefore argue that the question is relevant in going to Minister Rattenbury.

MADAM SPEAKER: I see the point, but I do not believe this complies with the standing order that says that questions may be put to ministers relating to public affairs with which that minister is officially connected or proceedings in the Assembly or matters of administration for which that minister is responsible. The approval of a DA or a lease variation is clearly not within the purview of the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services.


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