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MRS JONES: Minister, when will these changes come into effect and what consultation has been had with industry?
MR CORBELL: I like how Mrs Jones wants me to consult with industry but Mr Doszpot wants it done yesterday. I think perhaps Mrs Jones and Mr Doszpot need to have a conversation. I am keen to see the regulation made as soon as possible. The Planning and Land Authority has an established process for engaging with industry bodies as part of any technical changes such as these made under the planning regulations.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.
MRS JONES: Minister, has the government considered compensation or reimbursement for people negatively affected by this particular issue?
MR CORBELL: No, we have not, and nor would we. We are talking about works which are permitted to occur in a particular manner at this point in time. The government is proposing to change the manner in which these works can potentially occur. The issues that arise in relation to the incident at Yarralumla are essentially a private dispute between two parties. That can be resolved through appropriate civil law advice and proceedings as necessary. I am pleased that has not been the case at Yarralumla. My officials have sought to work with both lessees to reach a mediated outcome. That, as I understand it, has largely been achieved and that has been to the benefit of all parties.
Arts—Tuggeranong Community Arts Association
MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for the Arts. Minister, the Tuggeranong Community Arts Association had 32 members when a quarter of the membership called for a special general meeting at the start of October. Since the special general meeting was called, 27 new members joined the organisation and were apparently entitled to vote at the special meeting held last night. Of these 27, it is reported that 14 were members of the Australian Labor Party. An external accountant provided a report to the board stating that the organisation should undertake a forensic audit. However, the CEO has declared there is “no crisis” and that an audit is not necessary. Minister, what actions are you taking in relation to the concerns raised by the external consultant who recommended a forensic audit needed to take place?
MS BURCH: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. There was a meeting last night. As I understand, most in the room expressed a level of confidence in the board and the program that they are putting in place.
Opposition members interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Order!
MS BURCH: As I understand, an official from artsACT was also at that meeting and observed the meeting. I will no doubt get a comment from him when I have my next