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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 11 Hansard (14 December) . . Page.. 3081 ..

MS HORODNY (4.59): Mr Speaker, this report is certainly a very comprehensive one. It makes a clear statement that all is not well with planning and leasehold in the ACT. It also provides a very concise history of how we have ended up where we are. This is particularly valuable for those of us who are new to planning and leasehold issues. The history shows, it seems, decades of fiddling around the edges without achieving substantial changes or a clear sense of direction.

The report is an indictment of bureaucracy and of political will, I believe. It suggests that senior bureaucrats need to be more carefully selected for positions in planning and lease administration, because this is a particularly specialist area; that the culture should be changed, as Mr Moore said; and that other administrators in these areas need proper training to allow them to carry out their work more competently. The report is an indictment of bureaucracy, as I said, and indicates a lack of - - -

Debate interrupted.


MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 5.00 pm, I propose the question:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Humphries: I require that the question be put forthwith without debate.

Question resolved in the negative.


Report of Board of Inquiry

Debate resumed.

MS HORODNY: The report indicates a lack of qualified senior level staff and, to quote from page 124 of the report:

... the lease administration ... has failed to deliver efficient administration of the leasehold system.

It also indicates failure in relation to basic administrative processes such as maintaining proper records on file. It also cites inconsistencies and lack of recorded information on how decisions were ultimately arrived at. A very basic conclusion is that the administration of ACT leasehold continues to lack leadership, direction and clear objectives.

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