Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 March 2018) . . Page.. 825 ..
Mr Wall: No, not as an overarching directorate reference but specifically with regard to those—
MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Wall.
MS BERRY: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, I said that I would take the question on notice and then I went on to talk about the work that the Suburban Land Agency is expected to do as part of my statement of expectation from them around transparency.
MR PARTON: Minister, what changes, if any, has the Suburban Land Agency made to the administration of rural subleases?
MS BERRY: That is also directly related to the first two questions on that matter, which I have said that I will take on notice. Part of the reasons for those leases that have been provided are around the management of the environment, as well as rural management. I have said that I will take the question on notice, and I will provide an answer to the Assembly.
Land—rural property acquisition
MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. I refer to a request by the planning and urban renewal committee in its report tabled on 20 March 2018 that the ACT government cease buying rural properties for “strategic purposes” until the Auditor-General hands down her report. Minister, will the government commit to following the recommendation of the planning and urban renewal committee?
MS BERRY: The government has a few months to go before we need to respond formally to that report, and we will do so.
MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why is the government claiming that it is buying rural properties for strategic purposes when in many cases it does not have plans for the properties it is buying?
MS BERRY: I think it is a bit of a question to me about why I think that should have been happening or why that had occurred. It is asking for a bit of an opinion, I think, and I seek your ruling on whether that question is in order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Can you repeat the question, please, Mr Milligan?
MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why is the government claiming that it is buying rural properties for strategic purposes when in many cases it does not have any plans for the properties it is buying?
MADAM SPEAKER: I think it is reasonable to answer, minister.