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this government has released the land to make it happen. We have delivered to the market over 7,000 residential dwelling sites and over 84 commercial sites since coming to office. In addition, we have released over six large-scale sites in the city centre. All this is why we are now seeing this construction activity.

What did we see from those opposite for the long period when they were in government? Did we see anything like these construction rates? Did we see anything like these development rates? Did we see anything like the confidence that we are now seeing in construction activity in Canberra? No, we did not. Did we see any land release from those opposite during that time, even when there were high levels of demand in Civic? Did they release land when there were low levels of vacancy in Civic? No, they did not. They protected the high rentals of their existing mates in the property sector in Canberra. That is not this government’s approach. These figures endorse the approach of the government.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Stanhope presented the following papers:

Intergovernmental Agreements—Ministerial level—Negotiations—Schedule.

Australian Capital Tourism Corporation Act, pursuant to subsection 12 (2)—Australian Capital Tourism Corporation—Quarterly report—October to December 2005.

Territory plan–variation No 238

Papers and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Minister for Health and Minister for Planning): For the information of members, I present the following approval of variation to the territory plan:

Land (Planning and Environment) Act, pursuant to subsection 29 (1)—Approval of Variation No 238 to the Territory Plan—Macquarie Hotel Redevelopment, Section 27 Barton, dated 23 March 2006, together with background papers, a copy of the summaries and reports, and a copy of any direction or report required.

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Draft variation 238 proposes to change the land use policy for the Macquarie Hotel site to residential land use policy with a B16 area specific overlay. Twenty-eight written submissions were received during the period of public consultation. Sixteen of these were form letters distributed to residents in the Barton residential area by a concerned resident.

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