Page 433 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 4 March 2008

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Taxation Administration Act—

Taxation Administration (Ambulance Levy) Determination 2007 (No 1)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-312 (LR, 20 December 2007).

Taxation Administration (Amounts Payable—Home Buyer Concession Scheme) Determination 2007 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-313 (LR, 21 December 2007).

Training and Tertiary Education Act—Training and Tertiary Education (Accreditation and Registration Council) Appointment 2007 (No 2)—Disallowable Instrument DI2007-311 (LR, 20 December 2007).

Petition—Out of order

Petition which does not conform with the standing orders—ACTION bus route 769—Mr Smyth (302 signatures).


Discussion of matter of public importance

MR SPEAKER: I have received letters from Mrs Burke, Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Stefaniak proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly in accordance with standing order 79. I have determined that the matter proposed by Mr Gentleman be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The importance of planning for the future of Canberra.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (4.12): It is a great pleasure to have the opportunity to discuss this matter of public importance here today. It is very easy to underestimate the value of effective planning or to dismiss it totally. The Stanhope government, however, is proud of its record in forward planning—in looking ahead, planning and acting to protect and improve the future for coming generations and the lives of Canberrans today.

The Canberra plan, with its vision that Canberra will be recognised throughout the world, not only as a beautiful city uniquely designed in harmony with the environment, the seat of Australia’s government and the home of its pre-eminent national institutions but also as a place that represents the best in Australian creativity, community living and sustainable development, has driven the major social, spatial and economic decisions and actions since its launch by the Chief Minister in 2004.

The Canberra plan, which in turn was underpinned by detailed social, spatial and economic plans, contained strategies to invest in our people, build a stronger community, ensure we are a city for all ages, build Canberra’s knowledge future, establish partnerships for growth, establish a dynamic heart, live within the environment and ensure a sustainable future for all Canberrans. Like all plans, the Canberra plan is a dynamic one and must, and will, respond to the changing environment, locally, nationally and globally.

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