Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 March 2017) . . Page.. 1292 ..
there is a land deal or some sort of arrangement then I think the people of Canberra deserve to know. I do not think we should have yet another deal behind closed doors.
In the interests of brevity, given the time, I have moved the motion in my name. I very much believe that it is an integrity measure and that we in the ACT need to actually get answers to these questions. I understand that, with some amendment, there will be unanimous support for this issue.
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (6.20): The blocks of land stated in this motion form part of a major urban renewal outcome in Dickson. As part of its urban renewal agenda, the government is committed to improving economic, social and community outcomes, and the land in question will facilitate this. Putting block 30 section 34 to market facilitates the better use of land in the key part of the Dickson group centre. Similarly, the land to the east of Rosevear Place will facilitate the provision of community and social housing, improving social outcomes for Canberrans.
I have circulated an amendment in my name. I now move that amendment:
Omit paragraph (3), substitute:
“(3) calls on the Government to circulate out-of-session to Members, subject to legal advice on confidentiality and information that may be commercial-in-confidence, by 28 April 2017:
(a) regarding Dickson, Section 72, Block 6:
(i) the lease issues by the ACT Government to the Canberra Tradesman’s Union Club Limited which was registered on 1 April 2015;
(ii) all the valuations undertaken for the purchase of the block;
(iii) the reason for the purchase, including the details of the Government’s intended use of the block;
(iv) the details of the amount of rent paid to date and how much is to be paid;
(v) who in Government authorised the purchase;
(vi) the date that the LDA Board, Chief Minister and the Cabinet were advised of the purchase; and
(vii) what was the average unimproved value of the site at the time of sale; and
(b) regarding Dickson, Section 34, Block 30:
(i) the planned future use of the block;