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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 2 Hansard (20 May) . . Page.. 391 ..

MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

In fact, that turns out not to be the case. That confusion about the status of those leases is the basis on which the arrangement has now fallen over, and some other process will be used to consider how rural residential development should occur around Hall.

Mr Berry: Who misled you?

MR HUMPHRIES: It is his question, Mr Berry; you ask yours when the time comes.

MR STANHOPE: My supplementary question is: What advice, if any - and, if so, when - was offered by PALM about the land development proposed for Hall?

MR HUMPHRIES: That is an extremely broad question. I have discussed the matter at various stages with PALM. I imagine the Chief Minister has discussed it with various officers in the Government. With great respect to the questioner, I think you need to be more specific. A great deal of information has been exchanged directly between PALM and individual Ministers, between different officers in PALM, between Mr Whitcombe and PALM, and between Mr Whitcombe and Ministers at various stages in meetings that he has held with them. That is a very broad question. If you want to be more specific, I am happy to try to answer your question.

Mr Stanhope: The question was: When was the advice about Hall first offered? It is a very specific question.

MR HUMPHRIES: He asks, "When was the advice first offered?". I could not tell him, Mr Speaker, when the advice was first offered; but I will - not that it is my department anymore - ask the present Minister to ask his officers to indicate to me when advice was first offered to me. If that will satisfy Mr Stanhope, I am quite happy to supply that information.

MR SPEAKER: I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of Year 10 Daramalan College students whose area of study is the budget process. You might be a little early. Welcome to your Assembly.

Rural Residential Development

MR BERRY: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, yesterday you said that you had not approached Mr Whitcombe on the Kinlyside development. Last night on Capital news you said that Mr Whitcombe had approached the Government. Speaking to a public meeting of about 80 people last July, Mr Whitcombe said that you had approached him. Did you approach Mr Whitcombe and encourage him to put forward rural residential development proposals in the Hall area?

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