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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 16 September 2021) . . Page.. 2594 ..

Report 4

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (12.07): I present the following report:

Planning, Transport and City Services—Standing Committee—Report 4—DV365—Housing Choices—Co-Housing and Boarding Houses, dated 26 August 2021, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Statement by chair

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (12.07): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services. On 30 March 2021, the Assembly referred a petition containing 781 signatures to the committee for its consideration. The petition requested the Assembly to call upon the ACT government to do everything within its powers to facilitate the existing owners of Kippax Fair to undertake the centre expansion as soon as possible, in accordance with the approved master plan.

The committee delayed its consideration of the terms of the petition until the Minister for Planning and Land Management had provided his response, which was tabled on 22 June 2021. The committee, at its meeting on 26 August 2021, agreed not to inquire further into the petition because, while the petition called for a direct sale, the government argued that the development opportunity should be a fair and transparent process and seek maximum benefit for the community through a competitive two-stage sales process.

Sitting suspended from 12.09 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

COVID-19—government response

MS LEE: My question is to the Chief Minister. On Thursday, 9 September, in your daily press conference you said, “In planning for the months ahead,” and you also referred to “the next eight weeks”. You concluded with: “Our approach will support a gradual and safe reopening that supports people back into work. Details on Tuesday.” Chief Minister, why in Tuesday’s press conference did you fail to provide a road map or a plan for a safe transition out of lockdown or any details?

MR BARR: I did—it was released on Tuesday by way of media release and a one-page summary. I then provided further details on Wednesday and further details today.

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