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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 7 Hansard (2 August) . . Page.. 2629 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: My understanding is that it is as long as the development application changes are similar to the original development application. It would have to be the actual area that was allocated in the first development and around the same footprint. But there may be scope for having a look at another development application or looking at changes made by a proponent if it is in line with community views and, of course, with the planning outcomes that the government wants to see for the future.

MR PARTON: Minister, does receipt of further information push out the notice and statutory time periods?

MR GENTLEMAN: The proponent would need to ask the directorate for an extension on looking at the application. Then the 20-day period would be looked at at the end of the time period. So the time period allocated for the end of discussion on the change to the application would be when the 20-day period starts.

Australian Labor Party—preselection

MS LAWDER: 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, did you or any other member of the Assembly refer the content or distribution to the police or any other body?

MR BARR: Yes.

MS LAWDER: Chief Minister, have you commissioned, or will you commission, an investigation to ensure that there have been no breaches of the Public Sector Management Act, the ministerial code of conduct or any other ACT government code regarding the content or distribution of this material?

MR BARR: I have no reason to believe there are any breaches of any of those activities. There is currently an investigation underway in relation to those particular documents. Should that process identify the source of those documents, that may necessitate further action or it may not. In fact, it most likely will not, as I do not believe, and have no reason to believe, that those documents had any origination in this building or indeed within the ACT public sector and, in fact, is completely beyond the purview of this chamber.

MR COE: Chief Minister, would you please clarify: did you refer the content or distribution to the police? Secondly, did you or any other MLA receive a copy of the dirt sheet through ACT government or ACT Legislative Assembly delivered mail?

MR BARR: The matter was referred to the Government Solicitor for advice. My understanding is that the mail arrived through Australia Post.

Land—rural property acquisition

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, I refer to a report in the media on 11 July that the value of the


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