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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 2162..

and was made without proper consideration of the opinions of the people of the Australian Capital Territory. We believe that no Party or individual has a mandate to endorse this decision.

We request that the formal prayer for God's blessings on the Assembly be restored to its rightful place at the beginning of each sitting day.

Petition received.

Report of Board of Inquiry

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (10.40): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the Report into the Administration of the ACT Leasehold and ask for leave to move a motion authorising the publication of the report.

Leave granted.


That the Assembly authorises the publication of the Report into the Administration of the ACT Leasehold.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, today I am tabling the report of the Board of Inquiry into the Administration of the ACT Leasehold. This is one of the most important documents to be tabled in this Assembly since self-government. It is lengthy and complex, and the Government will need some time to evaluate the report and its recommendations before responding in detail. While obviously the Government is not yet in a position to finalise its response, I am able to tell you that the Government is committed to ensuring that procedures for managing Canberra's land and urban development are as efficient and effective as possible. We will be using the board of inquiry's report to assist us in the implementation of necessary reform.

The board of inquiry's report represents a comprehensive examination of the administration of the Territory's leasehold and planning systems. It has examined the past and the present and has come up with ideas aimed at helping to restore not only certainty but also confidence in our system among the Canberra community, developers and investors alike. Most importantly, the board of inquiry found no evidence of corruption. On page 192 of the report it says:

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