Page 5365 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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MADAM SPEAKER: I am asking you to be mindful of the standing orders: that when you are on your feet, you address the chair.

MS LAWDER: I have referred to you several times, Madam Speaker, and I will continue to do so in accordance with the standing orders.

As I was saying to members in this place, including those behind me, the community panel appeared to be a failed experiment, and that was backed up in the annual reports hearings when the relevant directorate officials talked about the fact that it would be abandoned.

To those people here—not just those relating to Red Hill but also those from Torrens and the Lake Burley Griffin Guardians—I was saying that it is absolutely imperative that concerned citizens take part in the governance of our community. I really express thanks to them for taking part in that. What this petition is doing is, in effect, forcing the government to take note of their concerns: concerns which have been largely ignored through the community panel process.

It is very concerning to think that we can approach development in a piecemeal manner, Madam Speaker. It is concerning to think that we do not consult appropriately with the community, especially those most affected by development, but not only them; there is a much wider community that needs to be consulted. The Red Hill open space is an example of that.

The six community groups that withdrew from the community panel process have stated that this is “planning by development rather than development through planning”. This is what we see from this government time and time again. I urge the government to take note of the numerous petitions we have seen from thousands of concerned Canberrans and to start planning for the longer term rather than the short term.

2016 ACT Election and the Electoral Act—Select Committee


MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (10.27): I present the following report:

2016 ACT Election and the Electoral Act—Select Committee—Report—Inquiry into the 2016 ACT Election and the Electoral Act, dated 30 November 2017, including additional/dissenting comments (Ms Le Couteur), together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I am pleased to present the final report of the Select Committee on the 2016 ACT Election and Electoral Act. The select committee was established by the Assembly on 15 December 2016 following the 2016 election and had representatives

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