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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 21 September 1995) . . Page.. 1609 ..


Mr Speaker, I should make it clear that neither the Environment and Land Bureau nor I have the power to unilaterally impose a clock stop to place on hold an application that is being processed within a statutorily prescribed timeframe. However, the lessee in this instance has acknowledged the appropriateness of deferring a decision on his application until the board reports, and so has requested a clock stop. This has been agreed to.

The Government notes the committee's comments on lease compliance in relation to this site and, in the event that the proposal is approved, will be looking to the Environment and Land Bureau to closely monitor the lessee's performance. Betterment on the development will be determined in accordance with the legislation and on advice from the Australian Valuation Office. I will make available to the Planning and Environment Committee details of that assessment if the application is approved.

Finally, Mr Speaker, the committee has raised a concern about off-the-plan sales and contracts with prospective purchasers. I have asked the Consumer Affairs Bureau to investigate this issue. From the documentation reviewed to date, it appears that those parties examined in the bureau's investigations were aware of the situation surrounding the development when they purchased the units, and contracts included a release provision when approval was not forthcoming. At this time there appears to be little need to change the current legislative arrangements. Mr Speaker, I table the Government response and I commend that response to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Wood) adjourned.

SCRUTINY OF BILLS AND SUBORDINATE LEGISLATION -STANDING COMMITTEE

Report and Discussion Paper

Debate resumed from 24 August 1995, on motion by Mr Whitecross:

That the Assembly takes note of the papers.

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (11.08): Mr Speaker, I have no comments to make on these papers, although I adjourned the debate on the previous occasion.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


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