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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (28 May) . . Page.. 714 ..

MR OSBORNE (continuing):

Just briefly, Mr Speaker: The Bills are the Freedom of Information (Amendment) Bill, which I presented, and the Children's Services (Amendment) Bill, which relates to the appointment of a Children's Court magistrate. They are two issues on which the committee wishes to have public consultation and seek some information from the community. I thought the best way to do it was to refer them to my committee, have some hearings and have some input from some experts in the field. This is the way the committee wished to have this issue resolved.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.14 to 2.30 pm


Rural Residential Development

MR STANHOPE: My question is to the Chief Minister. Mr Speaker, at the public hearing into the proposed rural residential development of land near Hall conducted by the Standing Committee on Urban Services on 8 May, Mr Mick Lilley, Under Treasurer in the Chief Minister's Department, gave evidence that the development which was the subject of the exclusive preliminary agreement or contract agreed to by the Government on 22 December last year involved - and I quote Mr Lilley - "150 rural acreages on the site ranging in size from one hectare to about four hectares". Mr Lilley described the site as "the Hillview land". Can the Chief Minister tell the Assembly on which leases the 150 blocks identified by Mr Lilley are located, and how many blocks are on each of those leases? Will the Chief Minister agree to table today any plans in the possession of the Government which show the location of those 150 blocks?

MS CARNELL: I will take the question on notice.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Stanhope?

Mr Stanhope: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: I did ask whether or not the Chief Minister would table the plans. I asked: If there is a plan, will the Chief Minister table it?

Ms Carnell: I have taken it on notice. I have no idea what is available. If you wanted to ask a question like that you should have told me, even 20 minutes ago, and I could have found out for you.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Stanhope?

MR STANHOPE: I do, yes. If the Chief Minister discovers that Mr Lilley was telling the truth and that there were 150 blocks, as he described, and if Mr Lilley knows where those blocks are located, does the Chief Minister agree that, if the great bulk or all of the 150 blocks are located on lease 630, her reason stated in the Assembly for the withdrawal

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