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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 August 2008) . . Page.. 3216 ..

right at the top of issues in the community, but it is not something that you can respond to in a knee-jerk way like this. It is clear that you know you are not going to win the election because this is a policy that you know you do not have to deliver on.

Planning—omission of retail restrictions

MR MULCAHY: My question is to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment. Chair, in the wake of several well-publicised errors made within the ACT Planning and Land Authority, including the failure to include in the deed of agreement for the sale of a site in Civic an addendum limiting individual retail outlets on the site to 300 square metres, I wrote to your committee on planning and environment on 23 July requesting that the committee conduct an inquiry into the management of ACTPLA. My letter is yet to be acknowledged. Has this correspondence been considered and, if so, when does the committee intend to respond?

MR GENTLEMAN: Thanks, Mr Mulcahy, for the question. I can say that the committee has received your correspondence. I have noted it myself. I understand that it is under consideration for reply. I will get that reply to you as soon as we can.

MR SPEAKER: Is there a supplementary question?

MR MULCAHY: Thanks, Mr Speaker. Mr Gentleman, why was the committee not able to consider a simple piece of correspondence in almost a month?

MR GENTLEMAN: The committee has considered it. We have noted the correspondence and it is ready for a reply.

Sport and recreation—swimming pools

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Minister, late last week, people in Tuggeranong who use the Tuggeranong swimming pool, such as mothers who have already paid for learn-to-swim classes that are meant to start on 1 September, and clubs training young athletes, learnt that the pool would not be back in service on 2 September as promised; rather, that it would not be back in service until December. Minister, why should the community trust you to build a pool in Gungahlin on time and on budget or replace the Civic pool dome when you can’t perform basic maintenance on the Tuggeranong swimming pool?

MR BARR: In marked contrast to the opposition, the government believes in ensuring that projects of this nature, a $4 million refurbishment of what is a major sport and recreation centre in the Tuggeranong Valley, are done correctly.

Mr Smyth: But not on time and on budget.


MR BARR: When it comes to a choice regarding public safety, in the initial work on the centre, when the centre was first constructed, obviously, some of the issues around

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