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finished its public consultation process, these matters should be dealt with concurrently. The government therefore is considering its response to the broader areas of planning system reform and to the recommendations of the concessional lease review as a single package. It will be announcing its response on both of those matters concurrently.

The provision of concessional leases is a matter that attracts controversy in the community from time to time, particularly when the holder of a concessional lease seeks to pay out that concession and convert to a more commercial or for-profit use of the land. The government wants to put a robust framework around that matter. Our response to the concessional lease review will outline what we believe is the way forward for consideration by this place. I thank members for their support and look forward to the ongoing debate on reforming the leasehold administration in the territory in the coming months.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Mr Frank Scarrabelotti

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (10.35): I would like to touch on two things. One is that, on 4 August this year, Australia reached a milestone and that was with the 108th birthday of my great-uncle, Frank Scarrabelotti, who is now supposed to be Australia’s oldest man. Frank Scarrabelotti is the son of Italian immigrants who arrived here in 1880. He was born in Bungawalbin, near Coraki, in 1896. To this day he lives in his own home with his wife of 52 years, tends his own garden and has the best roses in Bangalow.

Frank still eats oats and bacon and eggs for breakfast every morning. He puts his good health down to the four f’s. With food, everything has to be fresh; he has meat three times a day; and, in addition to that, he has his family; his friends and his faith. Frank was one of the original trustees for building St Kevin’s Catholic Church in Bangalow in the 1920s and still attends mass there every Sunday. I recall a story my father told when Uncle Frank had his 100th birthday. He attempted to line up a photograph of him getting out of the car to go into mass to celebrate his 100th birthday but, while he was lining up, Frank ran up the stairs because it was raining and he did not want to get wet! To this day he still tends his garden and is surrounded by a loving family. I think it is a great milestone not only for my family but also for Australia. Happy 108th birthday, Frank.

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