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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1554..


MS DUNDAS (continuing):

A question put to the committee for consideration was whether draft variation 200 would result in better planning policies than were in place before. I would draw members' attention to paragraph 4.14 for a more detailed answer to that question. But was the real problem the application of the current rules, which also needed to be looked at? If we are really trying to put in a framework to support the garden city values, would this draft variation do that? The committee agreed that it would not and that it would not result in a better outcome for planning in the ACT.

We see this report as an input to the planning processes. We hope that the minister will take it on board and consider it carefully in any redrafting of draft variation 200 to come up with a better outcome for planning in the ACT, one that addresses the concerns the community has about affordable housing and about the ecological values of the garden city and our streetscapes. Again, I would like to thank the committee, the government officials and the committee secretary for the work that went into the development of this report.

MRS CROSS (10.54): Mr Speaker, I will keep it brief because I do not have much of a voice. I support the comments made by my committee colleagues, Mr Hargreaves and Ms Dundas, and add the following: I believe that it is vital that we, as elected members of this place, never forget or ignore the views of the community as expressed in the submissions made on both DV 175 and DV 200. It appears that some of those comments were ignored, changed or presented in a creative way that the community was not very happy with. It is very important that we, as elected members of this place, do not forget who put us here and it is important that all the work that we produce is a reflection of those views.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Appropriation Bill 2002-2003 (No 3)

Mr Quinlan, presented the bill and its explanatory memorandum and supplementary budget papers.

Title read by Clerk.

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism and Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming) (10.55): I move:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

This bill provides for an increase in appropriation of $23.993 million to meet the costs associated with the clerical wage increase, additional bushfire-related costs, and the costs of the ambulance officers work value case.

The majority of the bill relates to the recent clerical wage increase, with $19.489 million being provided for this purpose. This covers an increase in clerical wages of 6.5 per cent, which will be backdated to October 2002. The original 2002-03 budget included a provision of $13.7 million for upcoming clerical wage negotiations. This bill now


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