Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 25 October 2017) . . Page.. 4316 ..
MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the Leader of the Opposition, can I let members know that in the gallery we have the Speaker of the WA Legislative Assembly, the Hon Peter Watson, and the Sergeant-at-Arms, Isla Macphail. Welcome to the ACT.
Questions without notice
Land—Dickson land swap
MR COE: I have a question for the Chief Minister and Minister for Economic Development. Chief Minister, when did the LDA start negotiating with the CFMEU or the Tradies over the Dickson land deals?
MR BARR: The government put out an expression of interest to the marketplace some years ago. I will need to check the exact date that that expression of interest was put forward, but it was an open process inviting expressions of interest from all interested parties.
Mr Coe interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: It is question time, Chief Minister.
MR BARR: Indeed, yes. On a day like today when the carping, negative Leader of the Opposition has nothing new to talk about he will rake over the coals, show once again his pathological hatred of the union movement. Just mention the CFMEU and his head nearly explodes.
In relation to the process, the government through a Dickson master planning process undertook an extensive period of consultation. There was a Territory Plan variation. New supermarkets are coming to Dickson, and that is a very clear government priority.
MR COE: Was section 72 involved in that expression of interest or tender, or was it treated as an unsolicited proposal by the ACT government?
MR BARR: The government’s approach to the market related to the sale of a government carpark between the current Woolworths site in Dickson and the Tradies club.
MS LEE: Chief Minister, were the deals approved by cabinet or you, as the relevant minister, or by the LDA?
MR BARR: The LDA, of course, ran the commercial real estate activities of the government. Ultimately, of course, cabinet endorsed a process of an expression of interest for the site and also undertook a similar process associated with the release of another government-owned block for the purposes of the new supermarket.