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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (21 March) . .

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MRS JONES: Minister, why did you agree to pay $7.5 million of taxpayers' money based on one valuation that was a year old?

MR BARR: I refer the member to my previous answer.

MR COE: Chief Minister, in 2016-17 did the ACT government exceed the overall cap for expenditure on land acquisitions? And what are the government's plans for the Winslade site?

MR BARR: I will take that question on notice.

Suburban Land Agency—rural subleases

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, the former Land Development Agency issued four subleases on rural land for a peppercorn fee of $1. However, the LDA had no policy for these subleases, with an answer to a question on notice stating that subleases were:

... considered on a case by case basis dependent on land management requirements, the size and nature of the property, the future purpose and timing of development.

Minister, has the Suburban Land Agency developed policies regarding these subleases?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice.

MR WALL: Minister, what actions have you taken to satisfy yourself that these subleases are being managed appropriately and that the peppercorn rental arrangement is appropriate for each property?

MS BERRY: I have taken on notice the first question, which is directly connected to the second question the member asked. But I will direct the member to my statement of expectation to the Suburban Land Agency regarding accountability and transparency, which is online and available to everybody for their consumption. In establishing the agency, we have ensured that they promote and publicise in a timely way the information, consistent with the ACT government digital strategy; consider the regular public release of board papers; enable clear and timely reporting on performance across financial and non-financial indicators and objectives; and satisfy the records management—

Mr Wall: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. The question was directly relevant to the four subleases. I ask that the minister either be directly relevant to that or take that portion on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: To the subleases and what actions the minister had taken.


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