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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 October 1993) . . Page.. 3559 ..


Tuesday, 19 October 1993

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MADAM SPEAKER (Ms McRae) took the chair at 2.30 pm and read the prayer.

PAPER

MR STEVENSON: I ask for leave to present a petition from interstate petitioners.

Leave granted.

MR STEVENSON: I present an out-of-order petition from 157 interstate petitioners requesting that the Assembly ban the sale, hire and distribution of X-rated video pornography.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Planning Policies - Forrest Meeting

MRS CARNELL: Madam Speaker, my question is to Mr Wood, the Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning. The Labor Party organised a public meeting in Forrest last night to explain the Government's planning policy, I assume, to local residents. How is it that Mr Lamont, a backbencher, was sent to defend the Government's policies and that you, the Minister, declined to attend? Were the local residents satisfied that the social and heritage values represented in Forrest, Red Hill and Deakin will be protected by the Government? Was Mr Lamont able to guarantee that?

MR WOOD: Madam Speaker, I recall that the question was that I or the Government organised - - -

Mrs Carnell: No, that the Labor Party organised.

MR WOOD: Well, I did not organise it. That is as much as I know about it. I was not able to go. I freely go to meetings if it is open to me to go. I am very happy to do that. Further than that, the Government and the Planning Authority often organise such meetings. We have often gone into the community and organised to talk to the people. On this occasion we did not. Madam Speaker, I cannot help the Leader of the Opposition. I am not sure who organised it. I knew that it was on and I knew that I was not able to go.

MRS CARNELL: I ask a supplementary question, Madam Speaker. As I understand it, the meeting was called by Mrs Kelly and Bob McMullan. The letter, which I seek leave to table, suggested that Mr Lamont would be there and would be chairman.

Ms Follett: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. It is clearly open to the Leader of the Opposition to address her question to Mr Lamont as chairman of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee. I do not know why she does not do that.


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