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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 10 Hansard (30 August) . . Page.. 3876 ..

MR HUMPHRIES: (Chief Minister, Minister for Community Affairs and Treasurer) (10.33), in reply: I thank the opposition for its support for this bill. I have a speech I could read out, but in the interests of time I will simply rest in the knowledge that the Financial Management Act has been improved significantly by the passage of this legislation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Mr David Pegrum

MR SPEAKER: I inform members that Mr David Pegrum, the Clerk Assistant, has finished his six months secondment to the Assembly and will return to the South Australian parliament in two weeks time. That is, fortunately, after the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association meets here. He has been helping enormously in that. On behalf of all members, I thank him for his efforts and wish him well in his future parliamentary career.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MR SMYTH: (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services): Mr Corbell asked whether or not I as minister have received any advice from the NCA. I have not. Officers in PALM have received four letters from the NCA in relation to the Gungahlin Drive variation. The first two confirm that the alignment identified in the draft variation is considered to be not inconsistent with the proposed arterial road alignment shown in the route under the National Capital Plan.

The fourth letter gives an officer's opinion that he thought we should await finalisation of the Commonwealth's amendment 41 before gazetting the DVP. Further verbal advice was sought on this from PALM and NCA staff, given that this view had not been expressed before, and the NCA indicated that this approach was a preference only, not mandatory, as there is no legal impediment to gazetting the plan variation before the NCA completes its processes.

The government sought its own advice as well. The standard practice of gazetting changes in law shortly after the Assembly makes them is appropriate. The GSO said that not only can the minister gazette the plan variation but he must, under section 29 (8) of the land act. Therefore, the government will proceed with gazetting the draft variation, which will be done in the normal gazettal timeframe, which is usually about two weeks.

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