Page 5969 - Week 14 - Thursday, 8 December 2011

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precinct of Kingston foreshore, which included the Kingston arts precinct where the Fitters Workshop is located, and on 6 December the regulation was presented to the Assembly. Once this regulation was presented, the Greens moved as quickly as we could to have this motion disallowed because, as members would be aware, it has been a longstanding view of the Greens that reduction of appeal rights was, in general, not desirable.

Obviously I cannot debate the substantive issues. All I will be debating is the need to do it today rather than any other day. The Greens have acted as quickly as we could in this matter, given that this was not notified to the Assembly until Tuesday. That is why it was not on the blue, because it was not possible for us to get it in in time.

We believe, however, that this matter should be resolved immediately because it is clearly a matter of considerable interest to the development industry. There are ongoing developments in the area in question and I think it is fair enough that those developers should know the rules under which they are operating. I assume there is a disagreement as a matter of principle in the Assembly but I do not think there would be a disagreement in the Assembly as to the need, where possible, to give developers certainty.

In this instance the government decided on 14 November or before that this was what it wanted to do in terms of making this exemption, so I would assume that the government is ready and able to debate the motion. I see no reason why the Assembly should not debate this today rather than wait until February and leave the development community unknowing as to what the Assembly’s mind is on the important issue of third party appeals.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development) (3.03): The government will not be supporting the suspension of standing orders.

Question put:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent notice No 4, Assembly business, relating to disallowance of Subordinate Law SL2011-30, being called on and debated forthwith.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 4

Noes 13

Ms Bresnan

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Ms Hunter

Dr Bourke

Mr Hanson

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Burch

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Coe

Ms Porter

Mr Corbell

Mr Seselja

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mrs Dunne

Question so resolved in the negative.

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