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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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Ayes 8: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Noes 9: Mr Barr Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Fitzharris Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Question so resolved in the negative.

Planning and Development (Land Rent Payout) Policy Direction—Disallowable Instrument DI2015-308

Motion to disallow

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (11.54): I move:

That Disallowable Instrument DI2015-308, being the Planning and Development (Land Rent Payout) Policy Direction 2015 (No. 1), be disallowed.

I move this motion of disallowance in order that the land rent payout policy direction 2015 may be allowed. The opposition has delayed the implementation of this policy for too long and, given that we have just debated and allowed draft variation 343, it is now timely to progress debate on this motion. It is vital that the Assembly bring certainty to the community, in particular to affected home owners. In moving to disallow DV343 and this crucial element of the land rent framework Mr Coe has extended the uncertainty experienced by affected owners.

Those disallowance motions have made it impossible for the government to make offers under the first right of refusal arrangements except in relation to a small handful of blocks. They have made it impossible for the Land Development Agency to hold the public auctions of other remediated blocks and they have made it impossible for the territory to enter into land sales contracts. We need to move on with this and get certainty into the community and get this matter dealt with.

MR COE (Ginninderra) (11.56): The Canberra Liberals oppose the Planning and Development (Land Rent Payout) Policy Direction 2015 (No 1), and that is why we support the disallowance. We are disappointed that once again we have an attempted cunning move by those opposite to bring on this discussion without listing it on the daily program or, indeed, raising it at the government business meeting. We think this is pretty ordinary and just goes to show how tricky this government is—tricky on an issue which they should not be tricky on because the Mr Fluffy issue means a lot to a lot of people. Indeed, there are people who are very interested in this debate and, indeed, people who wanted to come into the chamber to listen to this debate. What you have done today is refuse the opportunity for concerned members of our community to come into this chamber and to watch this play out. It is extremely disappointing.

It is all very well for Mr Gentleman to smirk but that is extremely disrespectful to the many hundreds if not thousands of people who are severely adversely affected by this


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