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for this is that the separation needed between a solar farm and a residential area is variable depending on factors such as topography, vegetation, the height and orientation of proposed structures and the type of solar power generation being proposed. The Act and the Territory Plan have been designed to ensure that the merits of each proposal are carefully considered before reaching a decision on a DA.

Once the DA is formally lodged (that is the DA passes the initial administrative completeness check and fees are paid) a DA for the OneSun proposal will be publicly notified under the Act for at least 15 working days. Notification will include letters to adjoining and adjacent lessees, signage on the site, an adve1iisement in the Canberra Times and information on the Directorate’s website. This provides an important opportunity for people with opinions to provide comment on the DA. All written comments received during the public notification period will be carefully considered as required by the Act.

Further information about the DA process can be found at:

Minister Burch

Motion of no confidence

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.03), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly no longer has confidence in Minister Burch.

It is a very serious issue to call for a minister to be stood down, and this opposition does not do so lightly. This is not motivated by ideological differences but by the minister’s repeated acts of very poor judgement, ongoing maladministration and constant failure to accept responsibility.

This minister has been responsible for a long list of actions that have successively caused embarrassment, have caused offence and have been damaging to this government but, more importantly, have been damaging to the people she is charged with the responsibility of caring for in our community. Mistakes will happen, Madam Speaker. But this minister has made far too many for far too long. She has lost the respect of almost every group for which she is minister, has lost the faith of many in the community and she has lost the confidence of the Liberals in this Assembly.

There comes a point where this parliament has to say that enough is enough. After I have spoken, my colleagues will outline in more detail what is a damning litany of failures across Ms Burch’s portfolios. But some of that long list includes breaches of law and abject failures in childcare and protection, bullying at the CIT, failures at Bimberi and the minister disrespecting the staff, allegations of bullying in disability, concerns in the ACT arts community and a chaotic closing of the Women’s Information and Referral Centre.

Two recent issues that highlighted this minister’s incompetence are her highly offensive tweet about the federal education minister and the mishandling of the Fringe Festival that led to members of our multicultural community saying that they were insulted.

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