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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (21 November) . . Page.. 2210..


MS FOLLETT (continuing):

At the end of the day, the Cabinet handbook is a self-imposed discipline on the Government, but the discipline reaches well beyond the immediate administrative environs to the heart of what constitutes confidence in that administration by the public. Therefore, it is vital that the soundly-based conventions which have been developed over a very lengthy period in our system of government be reinforced and that officials be in no doubt as to the importance of those conventions in providing stability and certainty in the exercise of government. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Humphries) adjourned.

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan - Residential Land Use Policies

MR MOORE (3.16): I present Report No. 5 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled "Draft Variation to the Territory Plan (No. 42) for Minor Corrections Series - Residential Land Use Policies", together with extracts from the minutes of proceedings, and I move:

That the report be noted.

Mr Speaker, this is a fairly mechanical set of amendments, and I think we will be seeing more of this style of amendment to the Territory Plan - things that clearly were the intention of the plan in its generality but had been missed in the specifics. There is a series of minor amendments the committee went through one at a time, and the committee believed it was in the best interests of the people of Canberra that those minor variations proceed.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT - STANDING COMMITTEE
Report on Draft Variation to the Territory Plan - Monash

MR MOORE (3.17): Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 6 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled "Draft Variation to the Territory Plan (No. 48) for Monash, Section 20, Block 1", together with the extracts from the minutes of proceedings, and I move:

That the report be noted.

This report refers to a block of land in Monash which was originally set aside for a retail centre and was not able to be sold, even though there were attempts made to sell it for that purpose. When members of the committee went out and inspected the site in Monash, it was quite clear that it had been put in totally the wrong position, that the very poor planning processes that had led to that - which were conducted before self-government, I should add - had left us with a result that was simply untenable.


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