Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 3 Hansard (28 May) . . Page.. 777 ..
MS CARNELL (Chief Minister and Treasurer) (6.05): I think I have been quite open already about the terms of the mutual agreement - except that I said in question time that it would cost $140,000, whereas I think it is actually less than that. It is certainly no more and there is no more exposure of the Government. The terms of the mutual agreement are quite fine for tabling. I will certainly get them to members tomorrow.
With regard to any plan of blocks associated with Hall or Kinlyside, that is a difficult one because I think that all there is is some sort of hand-sketched type of approach; but, for all of that, if that is what members want - - -
Mr Berry: That will do.
MS CARNELL: I am not sure what exists in the area.
Mr Smyth: Ask Derek. Derek will give you a set of plans. I am sure he has shown them to most of you.
MR SPEAKER: Settle down!
MS CARNELL: I think that is actually the reality of the situation; but, Mr Speaker, if members want to see the terms of the mutual agreement, that is fine.
Amendment (Mr Berry's) agreed to.
MR SPEAKER: The question now is: That Mr Corbell's motion, as amended, be agreed to. Would you like to close the debate, Mr Corbell?
MR CORBELL (6.07): Yes, thank you, Mr Speaker. I will close the debate briefly. I want to address some of the points that have been made in the debate. First of all, I want to address the issue of why the Government was so keen to rush into a decision about rural residential development. We have had the Chief Minister indicate that the study on rural residential development is about not "if" but "how". The Chief Minister has said in this debate that the study commissioned by PALM into rural residential development is to deal with how we manage rural residential development.
Mr Speaker, I have a copy of the planning study brief which the consultants are using to look into rural residential development. I would appreciate members looking at this evidence because it says, quite clearly, under "Background", that a study of rural residential development in the ACT is proposed to investigate the suitability of introducing this type of lifestyle choice to the Territory - not how we introduce it, not the best way to introduce it; but, Chief Minister, whether rural residential development is suitable in the first place. Mr Speaker, that, to me, clearly shows that what the Government is saying is that they have made up their minds regardless of whether rural residential development is even suitable in the first place.