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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . .

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Indeed, before I retire from this place I have one more meeting scheduled with volunteer representatives. I have one more meeting with volunteer representatives that will demonstrate this government's continuing commitment to meet with and talk with volunteers and volunteer representatives as part of making sure we have the best possible arrangements for emergency response in our city.

Government—land development policies

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development. I refer to recent remarks by Tony Powell, head of the NCDC between 1975 and 1984, who said that your government was "prone to corruption of due process in the administration of land and property development". Minister, why has the government failed to address concerns about corruption of due process in the administration of land and property development?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Lawder for the question. I do not agree with the premise of the question. I do not believe that there is any evidence to support the accusation that the member has made.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why is your government trying to justify rezoning for medium to high density residential development and sale of land in the Lake Burley Griffin foreshore area?

MR BARR: The member might be aware that this is an area under the planning control of the National Capital Authority and that it was in fact the Howard government under the Griffin legacy work going back about 10 years now that rezoned this area for that purpose.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, why has the community consultation process about the West Basin development process been so inadequate?

MR BARR: It has not. It has been one of the most comprehensive of processes. In fact, it ran for a number of years, and the most common feedback from the thousands of people who participated was calling on the government to just get on with it. That there was a meeting last week where a couple of hundred people who are opposed to elements of the project got together does not mean that that is the totality of the community view and that there is not very strong support for the project from many sections of the community. Is that support unanimous? No. Is support for any change in Canberra unanimous? Rarely.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, has the government acquired any businesses in or around West Basin and, if so, under what legislation were they acquired?


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