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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 11 May 2021) . . Page.. 1293 ..


this year in accordance with section 73(2) of the Planning and Development Act 2007. Submissions are currently being accepted until 30 June of this year and the committee is required to report within a statutory period.

As the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedures reported in its report no 13 to the Assembly of July 2019, if a member wishes to lodge a notice of motion that closely relates to subject matter currently under inquiry by an Assembly committee, the Assembly is able to debate the matter if it so chooses. However, if the Assembly does debate such matters, such debate cannot and should not pre-empt the findings or possible recommendations of that committee. Given the link between the notice given by Mr Braddock and the committee inquiry, I thought I would draw these comments to the attention to the Assembly before the debate. Additionally, I am aware that, given the statutory function of the committee, GSO advice has been sought about whether there is any intersection across that.

Before question time I received a letter from the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services regarding conflict of interest. Whilst the standing orders do not exclude members from voting, they refer only to a conflict of interest in a pecuniary sense and not when somebody may be conflicted by participating in debate in the Assembly while a member of a committee.

Given that, the principles I have just outlined apply and should be considered by members. Given the late notice of the committee letter and the possible broader issues, I have not been able to formally reply to the committee.

I also remind members of the admin and procedure report which I have mentioned—no 13 of 2019—which noted that it will be the Assembly that ultimately determines whether it is the Assembly or an Assembly committee where matters can be progressed. So it is up for the Assembly to decide if matters should proceed here or be adjourned until mattes of conflict are clearer, the GSO advice is received or, indeed, the committee concludes its work.

Planning—Gungahlin town centre

MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (3.58): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the Suburban Land Agency auction on 12 May 2021 of the following blocks in the Gungahlin Town Centre:

(i) section 246 block 4;

(ii) section 249 block 4;

(iii) section 249 block 5; and

(iv) section 249 block 12;

(b) the Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh Community Engagement Report;


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