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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 9 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 2614 ..

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I appreciate it very much. Can the Minister also please find out whether disabled people who require the services of that centre are now required to make an appointment to visit the centre? For the Minister's information, I am concerned that we had a service which was essentially for the benefit of these people and now, because of things unbeknownst to me, it is not being an effective centre.

MR MOORE: Mr Hargreaves, I will ask those questions and I will come back to the Assembly. But I have to say to you that the Independent Living Centre is at arm's length from government. If it chooses not to answer those questions, that of course will be its choice. It is something that we can certainly look at in our dealings with the Independent Living Centre. I will ask those questions and get a response as quickly as I can, which I would presume would be Tuesday or Wednesday next week. I will try to have the information by then.

Rural Residential Development

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, my question is to Mr Smyth as Minister responsible for planning and land management. Minister, yesterday I asked you a question about the report on rural residential development. My question was aimed at determining whether you thought you would get more positive outcomes now that the discussion paper on rural residential development was on the table than you did in connection with Kinlyside, and your answer bluntly was no. Minister, if you do not expect more positive outcomes as a result of the commissioning of this report, which no doubt cost a considerable amount of public money, what was your purpose in commissioning it in the first place?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I thank the member for his question. I recall that you couched the question: "Would the Government have benefited had it had such a report when it made its decision?".

Mr Kaine: That was not my question. I suggest you reread the Hansard.

MR SMYTH: I will have to recheck the Hansard. Perhaps I misunderstood. What I thought you asked - - -

Mr Kaine: You should have listened to my question yesterday, which you obviously did not do.

MR SMYTH: What I thought you asked was whether the Government would have benefited had it had such a report before it when the Kinlyside proposal came forward. The answer to that is no, because the Kinlyside proposal that it had before it at the time, to the best of my knowledge, covered all of the information that has come forward in our report. The proposal that was put forward to the Government at that time addressed all those considerations, everything from bushfire management to heritage issues.

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