Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 May 2017) . . Page.. 1436 ..
our achievements, to assess contemporary practice in the five years since the launch of the blueprint and to ensure that we continue to meet our responsibilities to some of Canberra’s most vulnerable young people and the wider community.
I look forward to being able to announce further detail of this work in due course and to providing updates to the Assembly on a regular basis. I present a copy of the statement:
Youth Justice in the ACT—Blueprint—Ministerial statement, 9 May 2017
That the Assembly take note of the paper.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Bill 2017
Debate resumed from 30 March 2017, on motion by Mr Barr:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (12.02): The opposition will not be supporting the City Renewal Authority and Suburban Land Agency Bill 2017. We have serious concerns with this proposed piece of legislation. Specifically, it does not address the issues that plagued the Land Development Agency during its operation. Furthermore, the establishment of two separate agencies we think is unnecessary, overly bureaucratic and, quite frankly, will lead to wastage with regard to government resources.
The bill we are being asked to support is only a superficial attempt to address the problems surrounding land management, which have been the subject of various inquiries and reports undertaken by the Auditor-General and other entities. The Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Ms Yvette Berry, stated in the government response to Auditor-General’s report No 7 of 2016: Certain Land Development Agency Acquisitions:
It is critical to public confidence and trust in the work of ACT Public Sector Agencies that their operations are conducted properly and are open to scrutiny. Their governance frameworks play a critical role in ensuring that the people of the ACT can be assured those entities do operate in the public interest, and to the highest standards of probity and accountability.
Despite this statement, Madam Speaker, there has been no substantial attempt to ensure transparency or accountability in the governance frameworks of either entity proposed within the legislation. None of the Auditor-General’s recommendations which the government has agreed upon have been included in this bill.
There is no section within the legislation that requires the City Renewal Authority or the Suburban Land Agency to identify the purpose of land acquisitions and document