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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2654 ..

Land development

Proposed joint committee inquiry

Debate resumed from 27 June 2002, on motion by Mr Smyth:


(1) The Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment jointly inquire into and report on methodologies and outcomes proposed for resumption by the government of the process of land development and the restructuring of planning arrangements including but not limited to:

(a) the sustainability of the economic models;

(b) the impact on land and house affordability; and

(c) the likely impact on the current rights of leaseholders.

(2) The Standing Committee on Public Accounts and the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment shall meet, deliberate and report jointly and not individually, and on matters in paragraph 1 of this resolution.

(3) At the joint committees first meeting, before proceeding to other business, the members present shall elect a presiding member and a deputy presiding member.

(4) A quorum for joint meetings of the committees for the purpose of this resolution shall be four members.

(5) Joint minutes of proceedings on this inquiry shall be recorded for all joint meetings of the Committee.

(6) Except where provided for in this resolution, the standing orders of the Legislative Assembly shall govern the conduct of business of joint meetings of the committees.

(7) This motion shall cease to have effect on the presentation to the Assembly of the joint report.

(8) The foregoing provisions of this resolution have effect, notwithstanding the provisions of the standing orders.

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to speak again.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I outlined the government's views on the proposal for an inquiry into land development activity-when this matter was debated the previous time. At that time, the government made it very clear that it believed the appropriate form of scrutiny of the government's decision on the financing and monetary aspects of the land development function was through the estimates committee process. I am pleased to say that the Estimates Committee took up that invitation and, indeed, undertook a detailed questioning of me and relevant officers about the land development aspects that were put forward as part of this government's first budget.

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