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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 10 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3701..


MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister has concluded his response to the question, as far as I am aware. It is entirely up to the Chief Minister to determine how he responds to questions.

Mrs Cross: But one is not on the notice paper.

MR SPEAKER: That does not alter the fact that it is up to the Chief Minister to determine how he answers questions.

Mr Smyth: Speaking to the point of order, Mr Speaker: the question is no way asks for a map. In response to Ms Tucker's question on Tuesday, I believe, the Chief Minister read out yesterday afternoon a list of locations where activities are going to be carried out. It is my understanding that Mrs Cross has just asked for a map of those locations. If the call for a map is out of order, surely the Chief Minister's answer yesterday also should have been out of order. If you review the question on the notice paper, you will see that in no way does it ask for a map. I think that Mrs Cross has simply asked for an amplification of the answer the Chief Minister gave yesterday to Ms Tucker's question on Tuesday.

MR SPEAKER: I have not ruled on the question. The Chief Minister claimed that it was out of order.

Mr Smyth: That is true.

MR SPEAKER: I am happy to look at the question asked today and the question on notice and make a ruling, if you wish.

Mrs Cross: Yes, I do.

MR SPEAKER: It is entirely up to the Chief Minister to determine how he responds to questions put to him in this place.

Building approvals

MR CORNWELL: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell. I refer to a decision by ACTPLA to impose conditions on the approval of the building of a double carport by an O'Connor resident, who described the conditions imposed by ACTPLA as nonsensical, requiring either the demolition of a corner of her house or, alternatively, the removal of a significant tree-I do not know whether it was a blue gum, Chief Minister-the construction of a new driveway and the relocation of a power pole. This was reported in the City Chronicle of 9 September. AAT member, Dr McMichael, when he considered the matter, said, "It was extraordinary to stamp plans as approved but to subject that approval to conditions that made it impossible to construct."The relevant reference here is AAT Wickham AT03/45. Minister, why did ACTPLA impose nonsensical and extraordinary conditions on the building of this carport?

MR CORBELL: I do not know what the rationale of the Planning and Land Authority was to impose those conditions. I will take the question on notice and get the information for Mr Cornwell.


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