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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 August 2010) . . Page.. 3872 ..

MS BURCH: I think I just answered that question in response to Mrs Dunne’s question.

Mr Seselja: The first part, not the second part.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary?

Mr Hanson: A question without notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: No, Ms Le Couteur has the call.

Mr Hanson: How does that work?

Ms Bresnan: She was standing.

Ms Hunter: She kept standing up and sitting down.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, just to be clear—

Ms Gallagher: You’ll get your moment, Jeremy. Everyone gets a turn.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Le Couteur had stood previously. She actually conceded to you because she thought you wanted a supplementary, and in recognition of her politeness and her precedence, I am actually giving her the call. Ms Le Couteur.

Planning—small dwellings

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Planning and concerns innovation in the planning system. Minister, the planning system already places a number of restrictions on the building of compact dwellings. The new draft territory plan variations will place further restrictions on small blocks and require secondary dwellings and student accommodation to be bigger than some current accommodation in the ACT. My question is: why are so many restrictions placed on smaller dwellings, which are likely to be more affordable, and are you aware that these restrictions could prevent the building of studio apartments equivalent to those currently in the Waldorf?

MR BARR: I think I detect a theme to the beginning of each of Ms Le Couteur’s questions this week. As Ms Le Couteur would be aware, these draft variations are just that, draft variations, out for public consultation. I note that the content of the question makes a series of assertions that are not proven at all. I would encourage Ms Le Couteur, if she has strong views on this matter, to put in a submission during this initial round of consultation, noting that by the time the draft variation comes back to the Assembly for a vote as a final variation, I would imagine probably 12 to 18 months will have transpired. If Ms Le Couteur believes that there is an issue with the draft, please bring forward her specific concerns during this consultation process.

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