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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (28 May) . . Page.. 760 ..


MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! It being 5.00 pm, I propose the question:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Humphries: I require the question to be put forthwith without debate.

Question resolved in the negative.


Debate resumed.

MS CARNELL: There is no huge community concern. There were public meetings last year on this issue and any number of opportunities existed for people to speak to the Government and others, and there is no community concern. All of the questions that are written down here have been answered in full and often. Whether those opposite like the answers is really of no import to this side of the house or, obviously, anybody else. Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, those opposite think that this issue is a big issue for them; but it is not a big issue to the community. I think we should get on with issues that are of importance to the general Canberra community.

MR STANHOPE (Leader of the Opposition) (5.01): Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, this is an incredibly important motion. The motion is all about good government. It is about integrity and it is about process, and on all scores the Government has failed. The Government has failed absolutely to deliver good government in relation to the Hall land deal. The Government has acted completely without integrity. The Government has ignored due process. The Government has undermined the ACT's planning system. The Government refuses to accept responsibility for its shortcomings. The history of this matter reveals, step by step, the extent to which the process is flawed, and fatally flawed.

I suppose we go back to 22 December to start this story - a date that none of us would know about, but for the Sydney Daily Telegraph, and that says mountains in itself.

Ms Carnell: We do not usually make Cabinet submissions public; nor did you.

MR STANHOPE: We normally make our planning processes public. I think it underscores the extent to which this process is an indictment of this Government that, but for the fact that the Daily Telegraph reported it, nobody in Canberra would have known that the Government had entered into an arrangement with a single developer to develop land at Hall.

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