Page 182 - Week 01 - Wednesday, 8 December 2004

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implement the development of major greenfields residential sites in Gungahlin through the development of the LDA’s own estates and in partnership with the private sector;

facilitate the continuing development of Civic, Gungahlin and Woden town centres as vibrant, mixed-used centres through further land release;

continue the delivery of Kingston Foreshore as a key government urban development project. In this financial year the common parkland and eco pond will be completed and work will commence on the largest infrastructure component, the boat harbour;

continue to support the government in addressing housing affordability by continuing its moderate-income land ballot processes, assist in the provision of accommodation for aged persons by identifying and releasing land for high and low-care aged care accommodation;

develop and implement a land supply and demand research project in cooperation with key government agencies;

assist in the delivery of the direct grants program; and

promote sustainable urban development outcomes by collaborating with industry and developing and promoting best practice.

Mr Speaker, the government has committed to the future growth and development of Canberra. Stanhope Labor have done the planning, and the next four years is about beginning the journey of achieving the aspirations of a sustainable community through an appropriate planning system, an effective public transport system and a strong land release strategy. I commit the government to further efforts in this regard.

Bushfires—coronial inquest

Debate resumed.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.02): Just to conclude in the minute or so that I have: where I was at the moment when we left is that there is a clear perception in the community that the actions of the government, in going and joining the matter in the Supreme Court, seem to be an attempt to sully the reputation of the coroner.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I’m not going to accept that. We’ve been through this. Again, these are matters that are going to come before the courts, Mrs Dunne, and I ask you again not to impinge upon them.

Mr Seselja: Mr Speaker, just on a point of order: Mrs Dunne only referred to the community perceptions. I don’t see how that could in any way go to the court case.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne referred to a community perception of a government setting out to sully the reputation of the coroner.

Mr Seselja: If that’s the community perception, surely it can be discussed in this place. That doesn’t affect the court case at all. It certainly is a community perception. I don’t see how referring to a community perception could in any way go to the court case. She didn’t say there was an actual bias.

MR SPEAKER: The question is that the motion be agreed to.

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