Page 3239 - Week 08 - Tuesday, 16 August 2011

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Mr Seselja: While there is a live DA.

MR BARR: No, not whilst there is a live DA. Whilst seeking to address the needs of the Giralang residents association, I have met with those residents on a number of occasions, as they were seeking an outcome that saw the restoration of their local shopping centre, and also to meet with the proponent to ensure that an outcome could be achieved that would meet the requirements of the territory plan and also would receive community support. That is not an unusual thing. I understand in fact that the Giralang residents association met with a number of members of the Assembly to express that particular view. I am not in a position to comment on what other ministers may or may not have said to individuals. But throughout the process, I sought to work with Giralang residents to achieve an outcome for the people of Giralang.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Deputy Chief Minister, given that Mr Savery said in his response to the email “am I able to use this in confidence to illustrate to Andrew Cappie-Wood my concern at the extent to which the CMD is involving itself in the DA process and as a result putting the political process at risk”, did such a discussion occur between Mr Savery and Mr Cappie-Wood?

MR BARR: Did such a discussion occur? I am not in a position to comment on that. I am not privy to every conversation that may take place between senior public servants but I certainly can observe, and have observed in my response to previous questions from the Leader of the Opposition and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, that undoubtedly there were concerns raised in relation to the interaction between officials, not necessarily of a senior level but of a more middle management level, across the former LAPS agency and the Planning and Land Authority. Those matters, I think, were legitimately raised and there were concerns. They were brought to the attention of more senior officers within the ACT public service and to the reviewer, Dr Allan Hawke, who sought to work through those issues and create a new structure.

MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: I understand the DA in question is a DA for a supermarket, so my question is: what is the current status of the Martin supermarket policy review? Where is the department at with that?

MR BARR: There are obviously a number of processes that are underway across my Directorate of Economic Development and my colleague Mr Corbell’s Directorate of Environment and Sustainable Development. ESDD are looking at local centre policy. I understand they have put out a discussion paper in relation to that. I am currently reviewing the supermarket competition policy and will, of course, make announcements in due course.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Seselja.

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