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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2628 ..


Questions without notice

Australian Labor Party—preselection

MR COE: My question is to Chief Minister regarding so-called dirt sheets about a Labor candidate allegedly distributed to members of the Labor Party, including MLAs. Chief Minister, yesterday you said that you were confident that no MLA or staff members were involved in the production or distribution of the material. Chief Minister, have you or your office made any inquiries of MLAs and Assembly staff—or executive staff—to ensure that they were not involved?

MR BARR: Yes, I have raised my concern in relation to that material with colleagues and sought assurances that no-one in this building would have anything to do with that, and I have received those assurances.

MR COE: Chief Minister, when did you seek these assurances, what inquiries did you make and in what format did you make these inquiries to give you confidence that no MLAs or staff were involved as opposed to just making an assumption?

MR BARR: Since the material arrived, and face to face.

MR PARTON: Chief Minister, have you seen the material? If so, did your office receive the material at the Assembly?

MR BARR: I understand that one piece of material was posted to me. I do not see every piece of mail that comes in to my office, but this was brought to my attention.

Planning—development applications

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for planning. It relates to reconsideration of development applications. Minister, is there any discretion for ACTPLA staff to accept applications for reconsideration after the statutory timeframe has passed? How much difference is available for the same DA to be reconsidered without it being considered as a new DA?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. There is some availability for directorate staff to look at DAs in regard to the best outcomes for the community. If we look at a development application that has been refused and is resubmitted, there may be an opportunity to look at that development application in regard to the work that the proponent has been doing with the community relating to the application and any other planning work occurring around the source of the application. Yes, there is some scope there. There are definitive timelines of course in our building act. I would be interested to see any particular development application that Ms Le Couteur is interested in.

MS LE COUTEUR: Could you answer the first part of my first question: how much difference is allowable for the same DA to be reconsidered without needing to lodge a new DA entirely? That is the major thing.


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