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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 3672 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

I therefore think there is a need for PALM to review the design and siting controls that apply to residential development on commercial land in local and group centres and to propose some controls that ensure consistency with controls on multi-unit development in residential areas. I am not saying that there should be no multi-unit development in local centres, but it needs to be designed in sympathy with its surroundings.

My motion also refers to group centres as I think there are similar issues about the need to set some controls over housing here as well. For example, in the proposed master plan for the Jamison group centre there was a proposal for a high-rise block of apartments which would have been quite out of character with the housing over the road.

The second part of my motion refers to some imminent sales of commercial land in two local centres in Belconnen specifically for housing. One of these, the Kaleen block, is already scheduled for auction in September. I understand that the sale of the Giralang block has already been discussed in the Ginninderra LAPAC but has not yet been advertised. I think it would be better to defer these sales until there is some clarity about what controls should apply to housing on commercial land so that we can avoid the disputes that have arisen in Aranda and Latham.

MR HIRD (8.04): Mr Speaker, I find it interesting, because of my professional background, to hear Ms Tucker say today that in-fill programs are not acceptable. She is going completely against what she said in this place last night. I will remind her. She said that the Greens wanted to encourage people to establish group centres so that they can have developments, so that they can use the public transport system, and now we find she is going against that.

Ms Tucker: I take a point of order Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hird, there is a point of order apparently.

Ms Tucker: Yes, I would really like to help Mr Hird. I am happy to read this again so that he understands what I said. He obviously was not listening.

MR HIRD: I was.

Ms Tucker: Would members like me to read it again?

Mr Quinlan: No. Can we adjourn the debate and you and Harold can go out and have a chat and come back?

MR SPEAKER: Sit down. There is no point of order.

MR HIRD: This is typical of a woman, of a person who is trying to hold back any progression, any movement forward. It's always: "I will have to think about it tomorrow," or, "I will think about it next week"; "but we will make a decision today", or "we are not going to". Well, we are going to make a decision and this motion is a nonsense. If my colleagues opposite accept Ms Tucker's-

Mr Quinlan: That woman.

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