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around the Woden master plan and its implementation in the new territory plan. And Mr Seselja knows a lot about that because he was flip-flopping all over this chamber on these matters last year.
I think it is important for the member to understand that not every document or the planning for every master plan or every planning guideline had equivalent status under the previous legislation. It is my understanding that the significant elements of the Woden master plan were incorporated into the new territory plan that was adopted by this place last year.
MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?
MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you. Will the minister commit to taking action to implement the aspirations of the residents of Woden as expressed in the master plan and apply all the parts which are consistent with the current territory plan?
MR BARR: I certainly am aware that there are some elements of the 2004 master plan that some elements of the Woden community would like to see implemented, but I am also aware that many of the same elements of the Woden community, represented through the Woden Community Council, have in fact now changed their position on a number of matters and are proposing that, five or six years on from that consultation, and with other issues, such as climate change, emerging, there are other aspects that they would like to see or changes to what was originally discussed in 2004.
Planning must always be an evolution of thinking and an evolution in context. There is no doubt that a lot of the work that occurred in 2004 has been implemented and will continue to be implemented. But things change, and it is important that we are able to adapt to those matters and take advantage of new opportunities that might arise, as a result of either new government investment opportunities, new private sector investment opportunities or a change in thinking around things like transport or retail space in a particular precinct.
There is no doubt that the core elements of the Woden town centre master plan, and those particularly that relate to increased residential density in the Woden town centre, are the protection of major sport and recreation facilities—and, I would add, things like Phillip Oval and the Pitch ‘n’ Putt golf course are key parts of what was protected in the territory plan variation that went through this place, together with a 50-metre pool at Phillip. They were all key parts of what was put into the territory plan variations. In spite of the flip-flopping of the Leader of the Opposition on this matter, they were ultimately supported in the Assembly.
Children—care and protection
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, yesterday, in answering a question over the imported labour fiasco, you named me and the Leader of the Opposition in an attempt to score a cheap political point. Mr Seselja and I took great offence that we would be attacked for our surnames alone. You apologised in parliament after question time, but then in a press release