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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 591 ..

MR SMYTH: I will get the information to Mr Corbell. I will get the information that Mr Corbell has asked for. I will find out how many applications have been refused and on what grounds.

Mr Hargreaves: What about the first half?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, we do not have to take what they say. They stand up here and make accusations and assertions all the time. I am not going to respond to those. I am going to find out and I will answer his question. In the interim, what he does not like is that we are reminding the people of Canberra of their planning mistakes in the past.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Corbell?

Mr Wood: Try again, Mr Corbell.

Mr Corbell: I will try again, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Judging by your interjections, I would have thought you had exhausted everything you had to say.

MR CORBELL: Thanks for your impartiality, Mr Speaker. Thank you very much for your impartiality. Mr Speaker, my supplementary question is: Minister, why is your department requiring development applicants to adhere to a code which has no legal effect and threatening not to approve such applications if they do not adhere to this code?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have already said to the member that I will take that on notice, but his supplementary question does give me the opportunity again to remind them, particularly as Mr Corbell is constantly reminding Mr Wood of his planning failures-

Mr Berry: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. He has taken the question on notice and he should be sat down.

MR SPEAKER: I will make that decision.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, it would appear that Mr Berry is also tender about Labor's past mistakes. Given that it is Mr Berry, I would not be surprised as to why.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, I thank you again for your impartiality in not calling that member to order.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you; you are welcome.

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