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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 May 1993) . . Page.. 1509 ..

You are not going to be here any longer", says the Government, apparently because it wants to redevelop the bus interchange and it does not believe that some economic activity in the bus interchange would be conducive to keeping the place safer and making it more amenable to people, particularly late at night. The fact of life is that this Government does not give a damn about business, particularly small business, in this town. It could not care less what happens to the small people of this community.

If that was not indication enough, we have seen in this paper today a series of half-measures, of tokenistic attempts at window-dressing, much of it of very little consequence indeed, in my view, in creating an environment in which business really will flourish in this Territory. We cannot really afford half-measures.

Mr Kaine: It was a long speech, though. The longer the speech, the more sincere you are.

MR HUMPHRIES: It was a very long speech. It created a very strong impression, no doubt, to those weak in mind that something was going on on the part of this Government in respect of business and creating employment opportunities in the ACT.

Mr Lamont: So you mean that the Liberal Party accepted it?

MR HUMPHRIES: If I ran what I think was referred to by Ian Warden as his promise-o-meter over this little document it would barely flicker. There is nothing of any substance in it, that I can see, which would establish the credentials of this Government to say that it was creating business opportunities in this Territory. Mr Deputy Speaker, we cannot afford half-measures. We need stronger measures than this to make sure that the ACT economy is in strong shape. I do not think we have seen them from this Government. If it expects to get credit in the business community for its efforts to create jobs it needs to do a great deal better than this.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Carnell) adjourned.

Discussion of Matter of Public Importance

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Madam Speaker has received a letter from Mr Moore proposing that a matter of public importance be submitted to the Assembly for discussion, namely:

The need for an inquiry into the process, appeal mechanisms and impact of design and siting, with specific reference to the difficulties encountered in the development of section 22, Braddon.

MR MOORE (3.45): In a minute from George Tomlins, Chief Planner, to the Minister, which Bill Wood tabled in this Assembly on 13 May 1993, the Chief Planner recommended that there not be an inquiry into section 22, Braddon, because the prime purpose of the inquiry was about design and siting and concerns over solar orientation and integrated streetscape would be addressed.

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