Page 4829 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 11 November 2009

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Development Agency, the approvals area and the referral agencies within TAMS. It clearly has a role—

Mr Seselja: You seem to have most of his role in planning.

MR BARR: No—clearly separate, Mr Speaker. It is has a role clearly separate from the Planning and Land Authority, which will maintain its status as an independent statutory authority assigned for the task of strategic planning and also development assessment. The agency that the Chief Minister has announced his intention to create relates to the functions of the Land Development Agency and elements within the Department of Territory and Municipal Services.

Mr Seselja: When did you become aware? How much were you consulted?

MR BARR: I have been consulted extensively. I have been actively involved. As Minister for Planning, I take an interest in these matters, Mr Seselja. I get out of bed a little bit earlier than the Leader of the Opposition. I am actually interested in the future of this city and I take my responsibilities seriously, unlike the Leader of the Opposition, who would get an A-plus for cheap shots, for insubstantial contributions and for sound effects in question time.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: the minister is not being relevant to the question at all now. He should come back to the substance of the matter.

MR SPEAKER: I think the minister has finished.

MR BARR: Mr Speaker, in the five seconds that remain I will observe that, yes, the sound effects man and his sidekick—that is the only contribution they can make to this debate.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Barr; that is quite enough.


MS BRESNAN: My question is for the Minister for Industrial Relations and is in regard to WorkCover. Minister, I understand the government is undertaking, or planning to undertake, a review of WorkCover. Would you please advise the Assembly what the terms of reference are for this review and how union representatives and members of the public will be able to participate?

MR CORBELL: I will take that question from Ms Bresnan. WorkCover is of course part of the Office of Regulatory Services, which I am responsible for as Attorney-General. I can confirm that I have asked my department to undertake a review of the capability and functions of WorkCover. Indeed, I announced that publicly at a forum hosted by UnionsACT at Old Parliament House about three weeks ago. The purpose of the review is to look at the capability and the resourcing of WorkCover to respond to complaints around its regulatory functions and to ensure that we are well placed moving forward for WorkCover to perform its regulatory functions.

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