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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3910 ..

Ministerial Statement

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a short statement about section 41 in Manuka.

Leave granted.

MR HUMPHRIES: I had discussions earlier today with Ms Horodny of the Greens about the processes to be used to resolve the present expressions of interest procedure with respect to section 41 in Manuka. I undertook that I would make a statement in the house to confirm to her and to others that, although the expressions of interest close next Wednesday, 27 November, it is the Government's intention that there be no decision resulting from that expressions of interest process before the following Wednesday, when the Assembly will debate private members business, when the matter that Ms Horodny has on the notice paper concerning section 41, presumably, can be dealt with. I undertook to confirm that that was the case and that there would be no pre-empting of that capacity by the Assembly to change course or take a different view on section 41 prior to Wednesday, 4 December, which is two weeks from today.

Mr Moore: Will you answer the letter from the committee by then as well, as to whether there is a variation of the Territory Plan?

MR HUMPHRIES: I am happy to do so by that time as well. But I want to assure members that nothing will happen in that time which would preclude the Assembly taking a particular course of action.

Mr Wood: This is the land you are selling at a discount price.

MR HUMPHRIES: No; it is not the land we are selling at a discount price.


Report and Statement

MS FOLLETT: Mr Speaker, I present Report No. 16 of 1996 of the Standing Committee on Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation. I ask for leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MS FOLLETT: Report No. 16 of 1996, which I have just presented, was circulated when the Assembly was not sitting, on 2 October 1996, pursuant to the resolution of appointment of 9 March 1995. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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