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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 26 October 2011) . . Page.. 5027 ..


MRS DUNNE: Minister, on average, how long does it take for a child protection report to be investigated, substantiated and orders to be issued?

MS BURCH: That really would depend on the circumstances of each and every case that comes forward.

Planning—Tuggeranong

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. We have recently had representations from community members in Tuggeranong raising concerns about the 18 December 2011 deadline for consultations for the planning strategy draft. Two issues that are consistently brought up are: the high number of consultations involving Tuggeranong—Tuggeranong centre, Erindale centre, Kambah centre and the transportation—and the proposed 18 December 2011 deadline being so near to the holiday season. Minister, as this is an important strategy with repercussions throughout our city, would you consider extending this deadline to the middle of February 2012?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. I find his criticism that there is so much consulting going on somewhat ironic when the consultation for the master plans that Mr Doszpot refers to were actually demanded in some instances by those on the other side of the chamber, and they are now saying how dare we impose all this terrible consultation on people.

In response to Mr Doszpot’s question, the government has provided 11 weeks for feedback on the draft planning strategy. Eleven weeks is two months of consultation on the draft planning strategy, a very significant period of time; a period of time that exceeds the standards set out in the Chief Minster’s guidelines in relation to community consultation. I have already indicated that the government will keep these issues under review, but at this point in time, we consider that 11 weeks is a very reasonable period of time for consultation.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, I am sure the community is concerned about your answer on that, but why, minister—

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, on a point of order, that is a preamble and you have warned on it before.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, no preambles in supplementaries. Can we just have the question, Mr Doszpot, thank you?

MR DOSZPOT: I am concerned, like Dr Bourke is concerned, about issues.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, the question, or you will sit down.

Members interjecting—


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