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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 3 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 795 ..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

more activity we have near that shop, the better chance it has of surviving. If it survives, clearly other units may be converted to allow additional commercial activity to go on at that spot.

Mr Deputy Speaker, I am told that the matter is with PALM and is in the final stages of assessment and that it will be determining shortly whether it will approve it. Mr Deputy Speaker, I think it is appropriate that we just continue with the program. I think that the development that goes there will assist any commercial activity that goes on in the Latham shops and will be compatible with everything that the government has said to this day. We will oppose the motion.

MS TUCKER (4.39), in reply: There are now some contradictions there, because Mr Hird just said passionately that the whole thing had been resolved because the commissioner was going to sort it out.

Mr Hird: That is what I was told by Latham residents.

MS TUCKER: Mr Hird does not understand the planning processes because, if the commissioner has to make a decision, it is because it is not clear and it can then go to the AAT. If it is going to the AAT, and I understand that there are 60 objections to it, it is far from being resolved.

Mr Hird: I did not say that it was going to the AAT.

MS TUCKER: No, you certainly did not. You said, Mr Hird, that the whole question had been resolved and it was to go to the commissioner.

Mr Hird: I was quoting from a document from a resident.

MS TUCKER: What I am explaining to you is that under the planning processes it is not resolved at all and that it will no doubt go to the AAT because there are so many objections. But Mr Smyth just told us that it was only just going to PALM for approval.

Mr Smyth: No, to be determined. I did not say approval.

MS TUCKER: I am not quite sure; to be determined.

Mr Smyth: You need to be more accurate in what you say.

MS TUCKER: All right. Mr Smyth has a very different position from Mr Hird on where it is actually up to, but that is fine because the actual question of my motion has not been addressed by Mr Rugendyke, Mr Hird or-

Mr Smyth: I take a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. I did not say what Ms Tucker purports.

MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Which standing order are you quoting, Mr Smyth? Carry on, Ms Tucker.

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