Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 November 2017) . . Page.. 5255 ..
Mr Barr: You need to look at the administrative orders, not the parliamentary website. There is not a minister for urban renewal.
MS LEE: Thank you, Chief Minister, for that. Whom do I address it to?
Mr Barr: It depends what the question is.
Mrs Dunne: Suburban development.
MS LEE: Suburban development? Okay; the minister for suburban development. In the Canberra Times article dated 23 November 2017, the ACT Solicitor-General said the Land Development Agency’s deals to buy land at Glebe Park and West Basin were untidy and that the negotiations were not optimal. He also stated that he had made clear his concerns about the LDA interpretation of a direction about purchases of land to the board. Minister, when did the ACT Solicitor-General provide this advice to the LDA board and why was it ignored?
MADAM SPEAKER: Are you responding, Chief Minister?
MR BARR: Thank you, yes; given the confusion over ministerial responsibilities from the questioner, I will take this. Given that the issues have been extensively canvassed in the Auditor-General’s report and the government response, I would refer the member to those documents.
MS LEE: Chief Minister, to what extent did the LDA’s untidy decision-making processes in Glebe Park and West Basin lead to an outcome that was not optimal for ACT ratepayers, and what was the outcome?
MR BARR: That is obviously a matter of some subjective conjecture, Madam Speaker. I think it is asking for an expression of opinion from me, which is not in accordance with the standing orders.
MR COE: Chief Minister, were you or the Attorney-General advised of the concerns of the ACT Solicitor-General about the LDA’s interpretation of the ministerial direction regarding land acquisitions?
MR BARR: I will check the record with the Attorney-General and his office. It would have been at that time, too; so I will need to go back and check the record on that.
Health—preventative health strategy
MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing. Minister, can you provide an outline to the Assembly on the recent preventative health launch?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Ms Cody for the question. I am very pleased to update the Assembly. On 6 November I had the pleasure of outlining a new approach to preventative health here with stakeholders at the National Arboretum. I did so before Canberra’s many stakeholders in this field, representing the breadth of this