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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 233 ..

MRS DUNNE: Thank you. I present the following paper:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act-Crown Lease-Review of determination of change of lease charge-Decision of the Australian Capital Territory Administrative Appeals Tribunal-Spence and the Minister for Urban Services [2000] ACT AAT37 (24 October 2000).

In light of this, given the implications of the decision made by the AAT, is it a fact that your plan for a 5 per cent ceiling on dual occupancies across the ACT is practically unworkable, especially considering that most of the blocks in inner north and inner south Canberra would fall into the category of leases issued between 1936 and 1971?

MR CORBELL: I have sought advice in relation to this case before the AAT. That advice has not been finalised at this point. However, at this stage I have no reason to believe that the draft variation, as put forward by the government to protect the garden city suburbs of Canberra, is under any threat.

MRS DUNNE: That does not answer the question, so I would just like to reiterate: how are you going to implement your policy and ensure that it is unambiguous, when a clear right of compensation for people has now been established?

MR CORBELL: Despite the assertion by Mrs Dunne, the government does not assert that the case to which she refers in the AAT, which was about payment of betterment tax or change of use charge, applies to the draft variation as it relates to a limit on dual occupancy development. She is linking the two issues.

The advice that I have received to date, which is yet to be finalised, is that it is far from clear whether that case will affect the draft variation. At this stage, the government is confident that the draft variation is robust and does do the work that we are committed to doing in protecting the garden city suburbs of Canberra, something those opposite failed to do.

Minister for Urban Services-media releases


: My question is to Mr Wood as Minister for Urban Services. Minister, according to the ACT government media release site, you have not put out any media releases as yet. Could you please advise the Assembly whether that is because you have not put out any media releases or your staff have not been able to load media releases onto the site or whether keeping the people of Canberra advised of your activities is not a priority?

MR WOOD: There were a few noes in there.

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