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In Parliament


Highett Public Land - Questions without notice and ministers statements

   Thursday, 6 June 2019
T SMITH (Kew) (11:22:42): My question is to the Minister for Planning. The gas and fuel land on Nepean Highway, Highett, is currently publicly owned, but the minister has decided to sell off this land for nine-storey residential towers. The minister ignored the wishes of the local community, who want this land preserved for community use, so that the government could prop up the budget bottom line by more than $500 million. Why is Labor’s budget bottom line more important than the future sporting and recreational needs of this local community?

T SMITH (Kew) (11:24:29): The minister signed a response to the Government Land Standing Advisory Committee on 23 March supporting the proposed development of the site. Why then did the minister write to the member for Sandringham on that same day, saying that a decision had not been made to sell off this land? Members interjecting. The SPEAKER: Order! The minister will ignore interjections.