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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 7 Hansard (26 June) . . Page.. 2537 ..

and on the amendment by Mr Smyth:

Insert the following new paragraph:

"(1A) the Select Committee also examine

(a) the refusal of Mr Wood to answer questions of the Select Committee on Estimates;

(b) the refusal of Mr Corbell to answer questions of the Select Committee on Estimates;

(c) the creation and distribution of the document known as 'Budget Estimates 2003' by certain persons within ACT Health

and determine whether each constitutes a contempt of the Legislative Assembly.".

Debate (on motion by Ms Dundas ) adjourned to a later hour.

Land sales


(10.54): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move the motion regarding the Gungahlin Development Authority and Harrison estate 1 standing in my name on the notice paper.

Leave granted.


: I move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper:

That this Assembly directs the Minister for Planning to table legal advice provided to the Gungahlin Development Authority in relation to dealing with the successful bidder for Harrison 1 Estate.

Over the past two or three days, Mr Speaker, we have had considerable discussion in this place and elsewhere about the botched and unhappy situation that relates to what was originally called a record auction for land at Harrison in the ACT. As you know, Mr Speaker, the sale of land and the development of land are part of the lifeblood of the ACT. One of the things that we need to have most certainty about is that, when the rules are set, the rules are abided by.

What we have seen in this case, Mr Speaker, is this: the rules have not been abided by-the clear rules set out in the auction documents that require that the successful bidder, at that auction, must pay a deposit equal to 10 per cent of the full amount at the time of the auction. In this case, Mr Speaker, this has not happened. There has been the sorry, sorry saga, of someone who, I suspect, might end up being a fall guy in this whole situation, a developer who may have got into a situation-may, Mr Speaker-beyond his capacities to deal with. At the moment, the Gungahlin Development Authority is dealing with him. His part-payment of a deposit, his $1 million, may also be in jeopardy.

I have concerns for the impact that that may have on that particular person, who is in business in town in a small way, and who has 15 or 20 employees. It might be that, because of the ham-fisted way in which the Gungahlin Development Authority has dealt

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