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Planning and Development Act—Planning and Development Amendment Regulation 2008 (No 3)—Subordinate Law SL2008-33, together with its explanatory statement.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: In summary, this regulation ensures that reasonable building tolerances are introduced to regularise existing practices and streamline approval processes; that window alterations and additions that are currently available without DA approval are also available during the construction phase of building, saving costs and time; the removal of the requirement to notify minor DA amendments that do not adversely impact on third parties, or do not result in significant environmental harm, speeding up the approval process and reducing costs; that contracts for sale entered into before 31 March 2008, but where the lease is not granted until after 31 March 2008, remain effective; and, finally, that the transition of national land to territory land where its national land status has been revoked by the commonwealth happens seamlessly.

Gungahlin Drive extension

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Speaker has received letters from Mrs Burke, Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Mr Mulcahy, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Smyth be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The Gungahlin Drive extension.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (3.51): It is a very important issue, as are so many of the current issues that face the community because of the ineptitude of this government. Apart from their handling of the data centre project at Tuggeranong, I suspect the Gungahlin Drive extension looms large in the mind of all people, not just in Gungahlin but in my electorate of Brindabella as well because people there are affected.

As I mentioned in this place yesterday, they are already telling jokes in Gungahlin about how many pool lanes will be delivered in Jon Stanhope’s promise for an Olympic-sized pool. Will it be one lane there and one lane back, or two lanes there and two lanes back? They cannot even trust him to deliver eight lanes. I note, oddly enough, that it was picked up in the Canberra Times in a letter to the editor this morning.

The evidence is there. This community does not trust Jon Stanhope to deliver any capital work project on time, on budget, at all. There is the degree of desperation that we see creeping into the actions of this arrogant government in the way that they sought to gazump the opposition when they heard we were going to announce what should have been done in the first place.

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