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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1297 ..


MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General): For the information of members, I present the Gazette notice dated 12 April 1996, relating to the allocation of a new ministry in the First Carnell Ministry, which was published in Gazette S70 of 17 April 1996.

Papers and Ministerial Statement

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning): I present the schedule of lease variations and betterment payments for the period 1 January 1996 to 31 March 1996, which includes, pursuant to the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991, the schedule of leases granted in the quarter ending March 1996, and I ask for leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I thank members - not that there are many here. Mr Speaker, the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 requires that there be tabled in the Assembly a schedule of leases that were issued by direct grant during the quarter. The schedule I now table covers leases granted for the period 1 January 1996 to 31 March 1996. I am also tabling two other schedules in relation to variations approved and betterment payments for the same period. Mr Speaker, I would ask for a little bit of order in the house. I do not believe that those opposite are listening.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I remind members that the lobbies, not the chamber, are available for lobbying.

Ms Follett: Try to be more interesting, Gary.

MR HUMPHRIES: I will remove items of clothing to attract some attention in future. Mr Speaker, when I tabled these documents on the last occasion, at the end of the last quarter, the point was made, I think by Mr Wood and by Ms McRae, that this was not in fact a new initiative with respect to the tabling of betterment payments but rather a hangover from the previous Government. I would like to inform members that in fact previous schedules which have been tabled in the Assembly consisted of a schedule of leases granted by direct grant and a schedule of variations to leases approved during any given quarter. The schedule which I have tabled this quarter and that which I tabled last quarter refer to the amount of betterment payment. A schedule in this form was tabled for the first time on 27 February 1996. Mr Speaker, this is new information not previously available to the Assembly in this form. A record of new leases and applications to vary crown leases is available for public inspection at my department's shopfront at John Overall Offices in Braddon.

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