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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 14 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 4882 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General and Minister for the Environment, Land and Planning) (9.14): Mr Speaker, I still maintain that subsection 15(3) should come out. I made a comment before about the applicability of the Metropolitan Policy Plan 12 years after it was enacted. I disagree with Mr Moore. I think that there are strategic elements in the Territory Plan. They ought to be the primary touchstone for planning developments in the ACT, not the Metropolitan Policy Plan. It is, therefore, inappropriate to use that particular document as the basic element. I am sure that many planners in the Territory are likely to look at, or use as a resource, the Metropolitan Policy Plan.

Mr Moore: The Assembly should tell them to.

MR HUMPHRIES: I am not as prescriptive in these areas as you are, Mr Moore. I just think it is important to be up to date, and the Metropolitan Policy Plan is not a document which is up to date enough to provide for the contemporary needs of the Territory.

MS McRAE (9.15): Mr Speaker, I am reluctant to spoil this rare moment of harmony with Mr Moore, but I am afraid I have to. I will not be supporting the retention of that provision. I reiterate that I understand what Mr Moore is trying to do, but I think that it is better to wait until we have the strategic plan and then determine how we want it to be incorporated into the Land (Planning and Environment) Act. We may go back and put it in; we may choose to do it in a completely different way. I think it is better to ride with the idea of removing this provision from section 15 and taking on board the concerns about a strategic plan at a later date. We will not support Mr Moore.

Question put:

That the clause be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

	AYES, 11	 	NOES, 4

Mr Berry	Ms McRae	Ms Horodny
Mr Cornwell	Ms Reilly	Mr Moore
Mr De Domenico	Mr Stefaniak	Mr Osborne
Mr Hird		Mr Whitecross	Ms Tucker
Mr Humphries	Mr Wood
Mr Kaine

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Clause 10 agreed to.

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