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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 2689 ..

MR CORBELL: When Brendan Smyth was minister, and when Gary Humphries was Treasurer, the land-

Mr Smyth: On a point of order: if Mr Corbell is not misrepresenting me, perhaps he can show me where I actually said the words that he just put in my mouth.

MR CORBELL: There is no point of order, Mr Speaker. When Brendan Smyth was minister for planning and when Gary Humphries was Treasurer, their bureaucracies systematically targeted areas of open space across the ACT to sell. That is what they did. They systematically targeted areas of urban open space, and other areas of under-utilised land, to sell.

Mr Smyth: Name one. Which one?

MR CORBELL: Let's talk about them. How about the horse paddocks of Curtin, Mr Speaker? There is a start. What about the park on Devonport Street in Lyons, Mr Speaker? Let's talk about every single piece of park and open space in every suburb in Weston Creek. Let's talk about Stirling, which was identified under their administration as having too much urban open space, Mr Speaker. That is their legacy. That is what was uncovered only through an FOI request by the Labor Party in opposition. That is why this government is putting in place measures to protect the open space network that all Canberrans love, value and want to see retained.

MS DUNDAS: Minister, you might have to get back to me on this, but will you defer the approval of any development application applying to the block 4 I mentioned until the public consultation process regarding Canberra's open space network, which you say will be announced shortly, has actually concluded?

MR CORBELL: Again, I am not familiar with the details of the particular block. I would have to establish exactly what that particular block is, and where it is, before I am able to comment further.

World summit on sustainable development

MS GALLAGHER: My question is to the minister for the environment, Mr Wood. How will your participation on the Australian delegation in the forthcoming world summit on sustainable development in South Africa benefit the people of Canberra?

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, can I say "mightily".

Mr Smyth: It is good of you to go and sell all our policies, Bill.

MR WOOD: Mr Smyth, I am being briefed on any necessary follow-ups, and agreements signed several years ago.

Mr Quinlan: And any repair work that needs doing.

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