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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1453 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: That is a detail that I do not have in front of me. I will take that on notice.

Planning—sporting facilities

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, I refer to the development application submitted by your government’s buddy, the Burns Club, to remove 25 per cent of the Tuggeranong Little Athletics field to install a car park. How does your government justify the potential destruction of the Little Athletics shotput, discus, long jump and triple jump spaces for a car park in an area that already has ample car parking?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for the question. Development application 2022138449 for the construction of the 98 vehicular car parks at block 10 section 353 Kambah remains under assessment by the independent Planning and Land Authority. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on it at this stage.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why would your government consider the destruction of 25 per cent of the Little Athletics area, which would have a devastating impact on community sport participation for Tuggeranong children, in order to accommodate your Labor mates at the Burns Club?

Mr Barr: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr.

Mr Barr: The questions, both the first one and that supplementary, were loaded and contained unparliamentary language and accusations.

Mrs Jones: What unparliamentary language?

Mr Barr: The use of the words “Labor mates”, and, in the first question, I forget the exact words, but there was certainly an implication associated with some sort of connection to the Burns Club. It was an imputation and unparliamentary. Ms Lawder has been in this place for long enough to know that that sort of language and that sort of tone and approach are certainly unparliamentary and are unbefitting of any member of parliament.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on the point of order, the term “mate” was used by the Deputy Chief Minister yesterday. She referred to Mrs Kikkert as “old mate”, I think. The term “mate” is not unparliamentary.

Mrs Jones: Mr Milligan.

Mr Hanson: Mr Milligan? My apologies; she referred to Mr Milligan. It is not an unparliamentary term, and I think the connection between the Burns Club and the Labor Party, when there is a planning matter involved, is an important issue to raise and for the minister to address.


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