Page 4266 - Week 14 - Thursday, 24 October 1991

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MR BERRY: Mr Humphries said, "He is not on trial". He is on trial in this place, or they are attempting to put him on trial, and they are just not going to get away with that. They are not going to drag ambulance officers through this place without the right to natural justice. It is appropriate that Mr Stefaniak goes for a union official, because we know how anti-union he is.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Relevance!

MR BERRY: But I can tell this Assembly, Mr Speaker, that union officials and people who are not union officials will be treated exactly the same. Their affairs in the Ambulance Service, which are properly dealt with by management, will be kept confidential.

MR KAINE: I have a supplementary question, Mr Speaker: Minister, did you remove from the letter the paragraph that we are talking about?

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I saw those letters passed across the table yesterday, and one had a wriggly line through it. That question related to events within the Ambulance Service which I do not think were appropriate to be included. I agree with their deletion.

West Belconnen - Proposed Planning Variation

MR MOORE: My question is not to do with ambulancegate, but is directed to Mr Wood as Minister for Planning. Last Friday night, I understand, an advertisement for the proposed variation to West Belconnen was withdrawn from the Canberra Times. I understand that the reason for that withdrawal was a discrepancy between the environmental impact statement, in which an area with special development conditions was described, and the plan, in which the same area was shown as medium density housing. Is that the case? Why was it withdrawn? Who made the decision to stop this variation going out to the public?

MR WOOD: I do not have that level of detail. I was advised that the advertisement had been withdrawn. I was in Melbourne on that Friday. As part of normal briefings when I came back to Canberra I was - - -

Mr Kaine: This was not a ministerial junket, was it, Mr Wood?

MR WOOD: No, it was not, I can assure you. I was told that an advertisement had been withdrawn. It was told to me that it was because there was a mistake or error in what was being printed, that there was a lack of consistency. I did not inquire further into that; I did not think it was

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