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The package announced today is consistent with discussions that states, territories and the commonwealth have been having for some time through Australia’s health ministers meetings. The measure today will greatly assist the cause of organ donation. I congratulate the federal government on this great package of initiatives. I urge all members, if they are not already, to consider adding their name to the ACT’s organ donation register.

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

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Canberra spatial plan

MR BARR: Yesterday in question time Dr Foskey asked me a question in relation to reviews of the Canberra spatial plan. I can confirm, Mr Speaker, that a review of the Canberra spatial plan that was released in April 2004 was undertaken after two years and that my predecessor, Mr Corbell, made a ministerial statement in this place on 24 August 2006. This comprehensive statement can be found in Hansard on pages 2650 to 2656. Mr Speaker, the second review of the spatial plan is being undertaken as part of the current review of the Canberra plan, which, of course, includes the spatial plan. I can also advise Dr Foskey that the five-year review of the spatial plan will fall due in the term of the next Assembly and will be a matter for the government at that time.

Gas-fired power station

Mr BARR: Mr Speaker, on 26 June 2008 Mr Seselja asked me whether I, my office or ACTPLA received any advice at any time from the Chief Minister or his officials regarding ActewAGL’s approach for fee relief for its development application for the data centre and power station development in Tuggeranong. He asked if that was the case and what was the advice.

As Mr Seselja is aware from the documents provided to him through the FOI process, my response to the Chief Executive Officer of ActewAGL was to advise him that Treasury had guidelines to assess applications to waive fees and charges. I suggested to the chief executive officer that he raise the matter of any fee waiver in respect of the development application fees for the data centre and power station proposal with the Chief Minister and Treasurer. Just to clarify, I suggested that ActewAGL approach the Chief Minister and Treasurer.

I am not aware of any such approach made to the Chief Minister and Treasurer by ActewAGL for such fee relief associated with the development application. I can confirm that neither I nor, I am advised, anyone from my office had discussions with anyone from the Chief Minister’s Department or office regarding the provision of fee relief. I am advised that there were discussions between officers from ACTPLA, Treasury and the Chief Minister’s Department regarding this matter, however, I am advised that the relevant scheduled fees were paid when the DA was lodged.

In relation to Mr Seselja’s supplementary question as to whether fee relief has been provided to ActewAGL and, if so, what was charged and what was the amount of fee relief provided, as I said at the time, this is a matter for the Treasurer. However, I can

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