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provides a model and incentive for private sector employers and is supported by research pointing to the positive impacts of mother-child bonding on early childhood developmental and life outcomes.
In closing I would like to acknowledge that the achievement of objectives outlined in The Canberra plan: towards our second century involves a great number of individuals and organisations, both government and non-government, and I express my gratitude to all who work so hard to ensure that the vision of the Canberra plan is achieved. The ACT government is committed to working with and for the community to build on the strong foundations we have already put in place. I look forward to our future together as we approach our second century. I move:
That the Assembly takes note of the paper.
Debate (on motion by Ms Hunter) adjourned to the next sitting.
Development applications—call-in powers
Papers and statement by minister
MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Planning and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation): For the information of members, I present the following papers:
Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 161(2)—Statements regarding exercise of call-in powers—Development applications Nos—
200914130—Block 1 Section 58 Garran.
200914361—Block 17 Section 1 Phillip, dated 16 June 2009.
200914387—Blocks 3 and 15 Section 1 Phillip, dated 16 June 2009.
I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the papers.
MR BARR: On 29 May, acting under section 158 of the Planning and Development Act 2007, I directed the ACT Planning and Land Authority to refer to me three development applications. Those were DA No 200914130, seeking approval for the construction of a nine-storey car park structure at the Canberra Hospital; and DA Nos 200914361 and 200914387, both seeking approval for temporary car parking associated with the nine-storey car park structure.
On 2 June, the Select Committee on Estimates 2009-2010 invited me to appear to “discuss the process”. In my letter to the committee of 4 June, I declined the invitation on the basis that it was not appropriate to publicly discuss the process of a decision that was before me at that time. In my view, such a discussion would have inevitably—and improperly—anticipated that decision.