Page 3347 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 19 August 2009

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MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary question?

MR DOSZPOT: Thank you for being so grateful that you got a question on this, Mr Hargreaves. Have you received any correspondence on this matter?

MR HARGREAVES: I refer to the third part of my answer last time. It was the third no. I anticipated your question.

Canberra international airport

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the federal government is due to make a decision prior to 28 August on the Canberra airport’s 2009 preliminary draft master plan, which includes plans for a 24-hour freight hub. The ACT government commissioned an independent report on noise levels in the inner north which has not yet been made available. Chief Minister, are you able to inform the Assembly when this report by Marion Burgess will be available for consideration by the ACT community and the federal minister for infrastructure and transport?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. I did receive a briefing quite recently in relation to the report. I can’t quite remember the exact anticipated time that the report would be made available, but certainly it is imminent. I think it is proposed that it be made available within a week or so. I have not seen the report. I am aware, and I think I have previously advised, that it would have been available prior to this time and that there have been some delays in relation to its finalisation. I believe the report is now virtually at that final stage. I do believe, from my memory of that last briefing, that it is due to be made available within a week or so. I am more than happy to make it available immediately when I receive it. But it is imminent. It is a little later than I was first advised, but I will release it as soon as I receive it.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, a supplementary question?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. What steps have you taken to request a delay in the federal minister’s decision on the 24-hour freight hub, pending the information in the report being available?

MR STANHOPE: I don’t believe that the government, or the Chief Minister’s Department, which is handling this matter, has made any direct representations to the federal government to seek to delay its decision in relation to the master plan as a result of issues around noise. Of course, the commonwealth will rely on its own noise assessments, through Airservices Australia. I believe they are conducting, and do conduct, their own noise monitoring. Having said that, Ms Bresnan, I have an appointment with the minister this afternoon. Since you have raised it with me, I will raise it with the minister today.

Supreme Court—workload

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, on 5 August 2009 the High Court of Australia handed down its decision in the matter of Aon Risk Services Australia Ltd v Australian National University.

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