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MR WALL (Brindabella): There is one further issue arising from question time, and I would like to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Gentleman): Does the member claim to have been misrepresented?
MR WALL: I do.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Please proceed.
MR WALL: During question time Mr Corbell said I had been spreading misinformation and telling untruths about the extent of the call-in powers he holds. I refer the minister to the Planning and Development Act 2007, division 7.3.5, section 158(1), which states:
The Minister may, in writing, direct the planning and land authority to refer to the Minister a development application that has not been decided by the authority.
Subsection (3) states:
If the Minister gives a direction under subsection (1) in relation to an application, the planning and land authority—
(a) must take no further action that would lead to a decision by the authority on the application; but
(b) may continue to take procedural steps in relation to the application, unless the Minister’s direction under subsection (1) directs the authority not to take a procedural step.
In the examples, public notification is considered a procedural step. Learn the act.
Supplementary answers to questions without notice
Crime—car tyre slashing
MR CORBELL: Yesterday in question time Mrs Jones asked me a question about the Narrabundah tyre slasher. I can provide some further information to Mrs Jones in relation to this matter. The activities of the person known as the Narrabundah tyre slasher are well known to ACT Policing. ACT Policing has engaged the community at length both at a patrol level and through community groups such as Neighbourhood Watch and Crime Stoppers in an attempt to raise awareness and locate the offender.
In April this year, through information received from the public and intelligence gathered, ACT Policing identified a suspect, and a search warrant was subsequently executed on the suspect’s home. There was insufficient evidence to prosecute the