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there has been any assessment of the likely effect such a change in that part of Kambah may have on commercial activities in the centre by the Kambah Village Shopping Centre and the Tuggeranong Town Centre, or vice versa.

It would seem to me that some form of assessment should be prepared on these issues to assist the community in making a considered assessment of the likely effect such a change could have. In this case, my own suggestion would be to conduct a complete review of the future of the centre rather than use the piecemeal approach to planning that seems to be the norm at the moment.

The other problem, of course, is the apparent disdain that the current Executive appears to hold for the work of our committees. For example, it was made very clear that the Planning Committee was considering the proposal for the redevelopment of the Griffith bowling club.

Ms Follett: Forrest, wasn't it?

MR JENSEN: The Forrest bowling club. However, the Government has chosen to go ahead with the variation before the committee has completed its deliberations - in fact, even before the committee has conducted any public hearings on the matter. This Bill will ensure that this does not happen in future.

Mr Wood: We have tabled things to meet your timetable, for heaven's sake. We have been helpful to you in that. Why don't you acknowledge that?

MR JENSEN: Mr Wood says that he has been helpful. I can assure him that the Bill I have put forward today will ensure that this sort of treatment of an Assembly committee by the Executive on planning matters will not be allowed to happen again. A related concern is the current provisions in the interim planning legislation which would allow the Government to ignore a motion of disallowance in whole or part or a variation to the Territory Plan tabled by a member, and that motion would lapse if the member was unable to bring the matter forward for debate in the Assembly.

The disallowance provisions of the recently introduced Land (Planning and Environment) Bill require that if a motion of disallowance is not brought on for debate the proposed variation to the plan automatically lapses. The legislation I have introduced today will apply the same principles for disallowance as the new Bill. Because the Government has chosen to bring forward such a large number of variations in advance of the Territory Plan and has indicated that it does not propose to commence the legislation until 1 July next year, it is appropriate that this legislation obtain a speedy passage.

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