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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 8 Hansard (11 August) . .

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MR WALL: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in June 2014 you issued a direction to the Land Development Agency that purchases of land needed the approval of the board and for the minister to be notified. Over a year later the LDA board adopted an interpretation that this direction applied only to purposes outside the core business of the LDA. Chief Minister, did the LDA board get written approval from you before it adopted this interpretation of the Planning and Development (Land Acquisition Policy Framework) Direction 2014 (No 1)?

MR BARR: The Land Development Agency, its chief executive and its board have operated entirely in accordance with legislation.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, how did the LDA make purchases in December 2014, January 2015 and June 2015, which were all before the LDA board adopted its interpretation of August 2015?

MR BARR: In accordance with the delegation established by the LDA board on 4 July 2003 under the planning and land act.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Treasurer, why did the LDA board need a new guideline about interpreting the land acquisition policy framework if there was a legitimate delegation under the Financial Management Act 1996 and the Planning and Land Act 2002?

MR BARR: The government reviews these delegations from time to time and we put in place a policy framework to provide guidance to the LDA.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: What takes precedence, minister, the delegation of some years or the framework that was issued, which apparently applies to all land acquisitions by the LDA?

MR BARR: Both provisions are clear in their operation.

Mr Doszpot: Supplementary question, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: No, you cannot have a supplementary question, Mr Doszpot. We have already had two supplementary questions.

Land—block 24, city

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development. My question is regarding the government's acquisition of land adjacent to Glebe Park through the LDA and its use. Minister, will you rule out allowing Aquis to use this block? Has the government been presented with any plans or concepts by Aquis or a related party that includes development on this block, that is, block 24 section 65?

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