Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 November 2010) . . Page.. 5583 ..
who asked for what that it is hard to understand. There has been no clarity from either side. When someone from the Labor ranks speaks, they might tell us the process about how these variations came about. The third question really is: why aren’t there ovals in these suburbs?
At no time have I said there will be a reduction in the open space. Despite those opposite trying to present that as some sort of fact, it is just not true. What I have questioned from the start is the fact that we now have two suburbs that, when they are completed, will have something like 4,400 residences but neither will have a formal oval. If you think that is good planning then you are kidding yourselves. Long term, these places will not have formal playing fields. I note that Mr Barr said that they are likely to have certain things. That might include picnic areas, barbeque shade areas, a basketball area and things like that—likely to. But he did not address the issue. It is a shame.
The Chief Minister is leaving. I will give you leave to speak again, Chief Minister, if you want to tell us exactly who started this process.
Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Madam Assistant Speaker, I wonder whether you might remind Mr Smyth of the directions that you sought to give me in relation to addressing the chair et cetera. You will be open-handed, will you?
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Sit down, Chief Minister. Mr Smyth has the floor.
MR SMYTH: I have had my gaze on the chair the whole time. I notice the Chief Minister has left. He has not answered any of the questions. We have had a typical spray. The man has returned from his holidays angrier than when he left.
Mr Seselja: How is that possible?
MR SMYTH: I am not sure how it is possible. But if nobody is running the planning and he has got to come back and clean up another fine mess that Mr Barr has got him into then I would be cranky too. And it is a fine mess that we are in. There is absolutely no clarity as to who runs planning in the ACT.
We had some annual report hearings earlier where Mr Dawes said that we had to ask ACTPLA about technical amendments. We had an answer today, I think, or maybe it was yesterday, where Mr Barr said, “Other agencies initiate these variations.” So the question is, and we would be delighted to give Mr Barr leave to speak again, to detail—
Mr Barr: Didn’t you listen to my speech? No, you didn’t.
MR SMYTH: I did.
Mr Barr: I went through that.
MR SMYTH: I do not think you did. I do not think you actually said—