Page 300 - Week 01 - Thursday, 17 February 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan, another supplementary?

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Given the ignorance on this issue, Chief Minister, will the options include pursuing or investigating a secure housing model such as community or cooperative housing, and looking at changes to the Residential Tenancies Act?

MR STANHOPE: Most certainly, and it does. But the first little obstacle that we have to overcome is, of course, the national capital plan. Indeed, Ms Bresnan, in relation to the complexity, why haven’t we, over the last couple of years, actually changed the territory plan? Why haven’t we changed the national capital plan? It is very difficult for an ACT government, Ms Bresnan—

Ms Bresnan: Five years.

MR STANHOPE: It is very difficult, Ms Bresnan. What do you think about changing the national capital plan, Ms Bresnan? What do you think, and what part of our hesitancy in not having changed the national capital plan to date—

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: to actually determine—

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: that this be a residential estate, not a caravan park—

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister! I do not expect to have to ask you four or five times to get your attention.

Mr Hanson: Under standing order 42, I would ask that you remind the Chief Minister to address his comments through you.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Chief Minister, would you like to continue with your answer?

MR STANHOPE: Ms Bresnan, it is incredibly difficult. It is incredibly complex. The national capital plan designates this area as a caravan park. The territory plan gives it the same recognition. It is a caravan park. To actually pursue your position to its logical end, Ms Bresnan, would require that we enter into negotiations with each of the residents in relation to—what—the ownership of the land on which they are residents? What is your understanding of their capacity to buy, for us to convert it to residential from a caravan park, after changing the national capital plan and the territory plan, and then actually offering the blocks for sale at—what?

Mr Coe: What about the solar access?

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