Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 17 June 2009) . . Page.. 2460 ..
within three sitting days of the decision I have made, and I have already responded to the first part of his question.
MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary question?
MR HANSON: Minister, will you apologise to the constituent for making him the scapegoat for your calling in of the hospital car park development application?
MR BARR: I have not made the constituent a scapegoat. I have called in the application in response to a request from the Minister for Health and in doing so I have assessed the development application in accordance with the requirements of the Planning and Development Act and I have indicated that the objection that was lodged by that individual was frivolous and it was politically motivated.
Planning—proposed hospital car park
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Planning and relates to the call in of the proposed hospital car park.
Ms Gallagher: Are you for it, Vicki?
Mr Stanhope: Why do you oppose the women’s hospital?
MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, I do not think members of the executive get to ask questions in question time. Minister, the public position of the Labor Party relating to call-in powers was:
… we need to make sure that the community, the Assembly has all the information based on the exercise of power …
Further, it is policy that ministers fully substantiate their decision and release all documentation for scrutiny to the Legislative Assembly. Has this policy changed? If so, when did it change, and will you inform the Assembly as to why there has been a policy change?
MR BARR: I just responded to Mr Hanson’s question and indicated that, as I am required under section 161 of the Planning and Development Act to provide to the Assembly not later than three sitting days after deciding an application a description of the development to which the application relates, the details of the land where the development is proposed to take place, the applicant’s name, the details of my decision and the grounds for my decision, I will make that statement in accordance with the legislation.
MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?
MRS DUNNE: Minister, when you table that information, will you table all the advice that you received regarding the car park DA, including recommendations from any concerned departments in question? If not, why not?