Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4419 ..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
for them to be prosecuted for not dealing with it. I challenge you, Mrs Dunne, to go out and speak to the 80 rural lessees in the ACT and ask them. I would be intrigued if you could find a single one that wants this declared as a pest, because it puts them under the hammer.
MR CORNWELL: I have a supplementary question. Will you please provide me with the full details of the contract with Horse Farms ACT, which contains a land management agreement that includes weed control?
MR STANHOPE: I do not know the nature of the contract. I will have to look it up. I cannot give a yes or no answer to that question. The member wants access to a contract that Environment ACT has entered into with a private sector provider, Horse Farms. Mr Cornwell is happy to seek in this place to crucify Horse Farms for their management. He wants a copy of their contractual arrangement with the ACT.
I do not know what is in the contract. I am more than happy to have a look at it. If there is any commercially sensitive stuff there, I will have to take some advice on that. I imagine there is not, and I would imagine that I would have no difficulty in tabling the contract in the Assembly. But you must understand that I will need to take some advice on that.
I am a bit concerned, Mr Cornwell, about your approach of standing in this place scarifying an upstanding ACT business and damning it in the way that you have. You have absolutely no justification for rubbing an honest, upstanding ACT business in the ground like this. It is a bit similar to your attack on Tuesday, suggesting that the community update we provide to the residents of Weston Creek who lost their homes is nothing but propaganda. It is of the same order. You are getting down and getting grubby in your old age, mate. Calling our support for people who lost their homes, calling our support for people who were injured, calling our support for people who lost loved ones in the fire propaganda and now, in the same week, attacking ACT business people without justification is a bit rich.
MS DUNDAS: My question is to the Minister for Planning, Mr Corbell. Minister, in your media release of 11 November, you stated that the boundaries of the Territory Plan were, "only indicative".
Mr Corbell: The Spatial Plan.
MS DUNDAS: The press release said the Territory Plan. Can you please inform us what faith members of the community can have in the Territory Plan if the boundaries are only indicative and can be moved on a whim?
MR CORBELL: I refer Ms Dundas to the relevant provisions of the land act-and I am happy to provide a briefing to her on the land act-which include the provision covering the defined land boundary.
Mrs Dunne: You are misleading the people of Canberra again.