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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 8 June 2017) . . Page.. 2085 ..

This is a fundamentally important issue to the future of Canberra schools. I hope that the committee will self-refer this in future, and we intend to.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee

Report 1

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.46): I present the following report:

Planning and Urban Renewal—Standing Committee—Report 1—Report on Annual and Financial Reports 2015-2016, dated 31 May 2017, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

This, of course, is the first report for the Ninth Assembly of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Renewal. Annual and financial reports were referred to standing committees on 16 February and, of these annual reports, we considered the parts on planning and urban renewal that were from the Chief Minister, Treasury, and Economic Development Directorate and the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate. We held one day of public hearings and heard from quite a number of witnesses about the relevant directorates and agencies. Forty questions were taken on notice, and the answers are available on our web page. The committee made 24 recommendations, some of which I will speak about later.

On behalf of the committee, I would like to firstly thank the ACT government ministers, directorates and agency officials for their contributions. Secondly I would like to thank my fellow committee members for their contributions. It has been a good process producing our first report as a committee, and I look forward to being part of producing many more reports as part of the planning committee. I would also of course like to thank the committee secretary. We had a change right at the end when this job was substantially done by Brian Lloyd.

I commend the report to the Assembly, and I would now like to make some comments not as chair but on my own behalf, as it were, as a member of the committee.

The people who were here in the last Assembly know even more than I do that one of the major issues was the LDA’s land acquisitions, and I am sure that all members have seen the damning Auditor-General’s report. As will surprise nobody, the first question to the LDA was around their evidence to the planning committee in the planning committee’s 2015 annual report hearing. I asked the question and quoted from the 2015 transcript:

Mr Coe says:

… surely everything under $5 million has to go before the LDA board?

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