Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (25 June) . . Page.. 2470..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
Planning and Land Management have recently approached me and provided me with a brief to me on this issue. They have sought my advice on the most appropriate approach to take in addressing this issue.
If Mr Cornwell were to go to the Council on the Ageing website, he could look up the existing aged care facilities in Canberra, which have a mixture of entry ages. Some have an entry age of 60 and others have an entry age of 55. There is no universal rule as to what constitutes an older person, for the purpose of access to certain types of supported accommodation. A quick visit to the internet site of the Council on the Ageing, Mr Cornwell, would demonstrate that to you.
In relation to my response to Planning and Land Management, I cannot recall the details of the brief at this stage. I will take that on notice and provide the advice to you as soon as possible.
MR PRATT: My question is to the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell, and refers to the 11 June government land auction. Minister, when did you first become aware that the successful bidder was unable to meet the requirement of a 10 per cent deposit payable on the fall of the hammer?
MR CORBELL: I will have to check on my records in that regard. I will take the question on notice and get back to the member.
MR PRATT: Mr Corbell, when you do find out, can you tell me what you did about that, please?
MR CORBELL: When I was advised of that situation, I wanted to know what action the GDA were taking in regard to that circumstance. When I was advised of what action they were taking, I asked whether that action was consistent with the authority's legal obligations. I have been satisfied, on the advice of the GDA, that that action is consistent with the authority's legal obligations.
MS TUCKER: My question, which is directed to the Chief Minister, relates to his responsibility for intergovernmental relations. Chief Minister, I refer to your recent letter to me concerning the possible health risks to Canberrans if poisoned firewood from the New South Wales South Coast finds its way into Canberra's firewood supply under a proposal by State Forests of New South Wales to supply firewood to the Canberra market. In that letter you said that the ACT government is fully supportive of the proposal.
Given that State Forests has a record of pollution control licence and harvesting plan breaches, for which it was fined in 1997 and 1998, given that it was caught out on its public assurances that it would supply only heads and butts, branches and stumps to the then proposed charcoal factory when the timber supply agreement was found to exclude branches and stumps and encourage the supply of long, straight logs, and