Time to strengthen ACT Assembly governance over Canberra

November 9, 2015
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The CSIRO is looking to redevelop its 701 hectare Ginninderra Field Station site to hold up to 15,000 homes. Due to a quirk of self-government provisions, as a National Land site it would be the NCA approving this development, not the ACT government. This is undemocratic and needs to be addressed:

There is no justification for the NCA to ever approve developments that aren’t expressly needed for Federal Government purposes. The Act relating to National and Territory Land status in the ACT should be amended to ensure that land must revert to Territory Land status in the event that it is no longer required for Commonwealth purposes.

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