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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (8 August) . . Page.. 2625 ..


Development applications

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (6.17): Mr Speaker, I move:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Speaker, in the previous debate Ms Tucker made a comment that she recollected there were something like hundreds of objections against one of the call-ins I had put in train. I would like to run through the call-ins: a call-in of the Hyperdome, four objections; Manuka cinemas, three objections; Woden Plaza, one objection; PJ O'Reilly's, four objections; BRL Hardy, five objections; Hyperdome, three objections; PJ O'Reilly's, one objection; Torrens Street, Akuna Street, two objections; Canberra Centre, two objections; Turner, 14 objections; SouthCare hangar, five objections; Latham 31, 61 objections; Stirling, four objections; Lyneham, 14; and Amaroo, five. So, clearly, the word 'hundreds' was used very loosely, Mr Speaker.

Ms Tucker: I stand corrected, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Ms Tucker.

Organ Awareness Foundation of the ACT

MR HIRD (6.18): Mr Speaker, as chairman of the Organ Awareness Foundation of the ACT, I would like to inform the house that at 11 am last Monday the Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services opened the foundation's offices in Dickson. On behalf of the board, I congratulate the minister for his efforts in this very vital life saving area. I also congratulate the hospital staff, and in particular Dr Michael Faulk from the renal unit, who received a modest cheque of $2,000 from the foundation. The foundation, in effect, has been operating for only the last eight weeks. Minister, please accept our appreciation, not only for your support but for the support of your staff.

Lyneham tennis centre

MR CORBELL (6.19): In question time today and also in the media today we saw the rather unedifying spectacle of a desperate Minister for Urban Services attempting to blame the Australian Labor Party for the failure of a developer to secure finance for a project. Mr Speaker, I have never seen in all of my time in this place a more extraordinary attempt to shift responsibility to one's political opponents. I know that this is a skill which members in this place like to try to enhance, but to seriously suggest that the development proponent of the Lyneham tennis centre is having difficulty securing finance as a result of comments from members of the Australian Labor Party is desperate in the extreme.

Mr Speaker, perhaps it has more to do with the minister's sensitivity about the difficulties which the proponent has had to date in securing finance for this project, and particularly his attempt to align the government with it through the exercise of the call-in power, than any comments from the Australian Labor Party.

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