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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (20 April) . . Page.. 1021 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

The final suggestion was that the Government ensure that relevant professional bodies, such as those covering the real estate agents, are reminded of the need to control and discipline their members, especially in relation to their behaviour in areas that might be experiencing pressure for some sort of redevelopment. The Government supports this recommendation. I have asked the executive director of PALM to send a letter to the Real Estate Institute alerting that body to this recommendation of the committee and suggesting that they in turn bring this matter to the attention of all their members.

Mr Speaker, in wrapping up, I would simply like to thank the three members of the committee for their work in helping to resolve what has been a longstanding matter. I believe that this is a good outcome for the future planning of the inner north. I would also like to take this opportunity to quote paragraph 35 of the committee's report and add my own comments. The committee has placed on record its appreciation of those officers of PALM that appeared before the committee and, in particular, stated:

The professionalism of these officers - Mr Calnan, Mr Collett and Ms Graham - was a credit to the Planning Authority and to the ACT public service.

I would like to add my own thanks in particular to Garrick, David and Shirley, but also more generally to all the officers of PALM for the high quality of work and the support that I receive as Minister.

I now table draft variation No. 109 to the Territory Plan for the area-specific policies B11 and B12 in North Canberra and appendix III.3, the urban housing code.


Motion (by Mr Smyth ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

ACTEW - Statements by Chief Executive

MR BERRY (5.34): During the debate on the matter of public importance, Mr Humphries, as is his bent, tried to create the impression that I had done something in question time which misquoted the position of the chief executive of ACTEW, Mr Mackay. I have in front of me the article from the Canberra Times that I quoted of an interview with Mr Mackay. I will read the first paragraph:

ACTEW's new chief executive, John Mackay, has pledged himself to saving the organisation from a merger, which he said would be a crying shame.

In the second paragraph, he said:

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