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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2310 ..


It was suggested that there was concern in the community and that maybe I should be talking to people more. Today upstairs I met some people from one of the three groups expressing concern and had the comment made to me that I have never been inaccessible but have always been available to them. That is not always said around the town, because certain campaigns are associated with those matters. But that comment was made to me today.

Here tonight comment was made about betterment. I was hoping that someone from the opposite side of the house would ask me a question about betterment today, because the Government has been conducting a review of betterment. It is not a high profile review, for very obvious reasons, but it is under way. That is known, and we will be bringing something into this Assembly fairly soon. We obviously have to look at whether it should be 50 per cent or 100 per cent, but more importantly we have to look at the way it is determined and whether we consider the potential that is built into the previous value. But that is a debate for another day. The debate tonight has been a useful debate, and maybe at some time in the near future it would not hurt if this Assembly had a broad non-partisan debate about development proposals.

POSTPONEMENT OF ORDER OF THE DAY

MS FOLLETT (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (8.42): Pursuant to standing order 150, I move:

That order of the day No. 1, executive business, relating to the presentation of the final report on Canberra in the Year 2020 Study, be postponed until 26 August 1993.

Madam Speaker, I will speak briefly to the motion I have put to the Assembly. It involves only a short delay in the tabling of the final report on Canberra in the Year 2020. Members will recall that it was on the initiative of the Assembly that the study into Canberra in the Year 2020 got under way just on a year ago, and it has reported pretty well on time in each of its three phases to date. The final report is slightly delayed, and I hope that members will accept this delay. The main reason is that there has been a large amount of community interest and participation, particularly in the final stages of the study. I suspect that the knowledge about this study, and interest in it, has built up over the year it has been going on, resulting in quite an upsurge in activity in these late stages of the study.

The reference group for the Canberra in the Year 2020 study who have been responsible for community consultation have received many requests to speak with community organisations and to accept written submissions, and I would not want to constrain them in their consultation. Meeting the 17 August deadline - that is today - which was originally set for the final report would have curtailed the time available for the group to conclude those consultations and to consider the information they have got throughout the consultation process. The chair of the reference group, Dr Peter Ellyard, has therefore put to me a request for a short extension of time to consider all of those comments and views.


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