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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 2010) . . Page.. 3414 ..

So it is pleasing to see that many of the recommendations in this committee report back our policy of reform. I thank the committee for their work on this report, and I hope that one day its Liberal members will be able to convince the Liberal leadership to back the government’s policy where it really counts, in the budget debate.

Planning and Development Act 2007–schedule of leases

Paper and statement by minister

MR BARR (Molonglo–Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation and Minister for Gaming and Racing): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Planning and Development Act, pursuant to subsection 242(2)—Schedule of leases granted for the period 1 April to 30 June 2010.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: Section 242(2) of the Planning and Development Act 2007 requires that a statement be tabled in the Legislative Assembly each quarter outlining the details of leases granted by direct sale. The schedule I now table covers 14 leases granted for the period 1 April to 30 June 2010. In addition, 196 single-dwelling leases, 54 of which were land rent leases, were granted by direct sale during the quarter.


Mr Barr presented the following paper:

Racing Industry—Funding—Statement, pursuant to resolution of the Assembly of 17 March 2010.

Economy–commonwealth public service

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Speaker has received letters from Mr Coe, Mr Doszpot, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson, Ms Hunter, Ms Le Couteur, Ms Porter, Mr Seselja and Mr Smyth proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Ms Hunter be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

The impact of federal public service cuts on the ACT economy.

MS HUNTER (Ginninderra—Parliamentary Convenor, ACT Greens) (4.08): I think it is fair to say that the public service is sometimes used as a political football and that the bureaucracy is seen as an easy target for the rest of the country. In Canberra, we

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