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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (28 May) . . Page.. 750 ..


MR CORBELL (4.27): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move notice No. 1, private members business, standing in my name.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) expresses its grave concern over the conduct of the Government in relation to the Cabinet decision of 22 December 1997 concerning a proposal for rural-residential development at Hall/Kinlyside;

(2) in particular the Assembly notes that the Government has:

(a) failed to provide details of any exceptional circumstances which justified departing from its own stated policy position that joint ventures are not the preferred arrangement for land development;

(b) entered into an exclusive contract with an individual developer despite no formal application having been lodged under the Land Act and advice that such arrangements would result in an adverse reaction from the land development industry;

(c) failed to explain what the Government's knowledge of the status of the leases at Hall was prior to the Cabinet meeting of 22 December;

(d) failed to explain why it assumed presumptive rights for a particular developer to negotiate exclusively with the Government when no such rights existed; and

(e) pre-empted the outcome of an examination of the benefits and costs of rural-residential development in the Territory by committing to the development of rural-residential development in the ACT.

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