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This bill will provide certainty to land entities, stakeholders, government and the wider community by in effect deeming all relevant assets, contracts, and liabilities including any matters that have not yet manifested or been discovered to have been transferred as intended on 30 June 2017. I commend this bill to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
Motion (by Mr Gentleman) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Executive business, order of the day No 2, being the Integrity Commission Bill 2018, being called on and debated forthwith.
Integrity Commission Bill 2018
Debate resumed from 27 November 2018, on motion by Mr Barr:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
MR COE (Yerrabi—Leader of the Opposition) (4.12): This is a good day for the territory. It is a day that I think is long overdue, but it is a day that I think will mean that the ACT progresses a long way in terms of upholding the standards that we would all expect. There has been no shortage of questionable issues that have taken place in recent years under the watch of this ACT Labor-Greens government. Of course, the work of the Auditor-General has exposed some of these very serious issues, issues such as the CFMEU-Tradies Dickson land deal, an issue that the Auditor-General concluded the ACT lost out on to the tune of millions of dollars. There are many unanswered questions including, of course, a box of documents that is allegedly still missing.
There is also the Glebe Park sale. Despite a valuation of $1 million, it was sold for $4 million. It only became public because of the work of the opposition. The same can be said of the Dickson land deal. The only reason it became public is because my office conducted a title search of who did own block 6 section 72 in Dickson. The Auditor-General has also looked at issues around lakeside business purchases and lease purchases. One can only conclude that there are many anomalies with how those transactions took place.
Of course, there are the many rural leases that were purchased with very poor procurement processes. All of these happened under this government’s watch. We