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Planning Minister Gatecrashes Parliamentary Enquiry Committee and Hearing Abandoned

Original newsletter sent out by Julianne Bell from Protectors of Public Lands, reporting on the Hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration.

Dear Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc. members and friends

I. Planning Minister Gatecrashes Parliamentary Enquiry Committee and Hearing Abandoned

See television tonight - all stations - for footage of fracas in Parliament today when Planning Minister Madden gatecrashed the hearing of the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration. Madden's staff member Peta Duke was subpoenaed to attend but was apparently instructed by the Attorney General NOT to attend. ALP MP Matt Viney disrupted proceedings and effectively took over upon which the Chair Gordon Rich Phillips left and then Peter Kavanagh which meant that there was no quorum so the meeting collapsed.

Following an interview with Madden there were excellent interviews with Peter Kavanagh, David Davis and Greg Barber. Community reps - Mary Drost for Planning Backlash. Brian Walsh for Kew Cottages Coalition and me for PPL VIC - made brief statements including our dismay at revelations that public consultations over planning developments were revealed as sham and that the farcical procedings today were an insult to Parliament and hence to Victorians.

See the http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/council/SCFPA/PC/index.html for the "Inquiry into Victorian Government Decision Making, Consultation and Approval Processes"

On 3 March 2010, the Committee agreed to the following resolution: To inquire into and report on Victorian Government decision making, consultation and approval processes, and any knowledge and/or involvement of Ministers, Ministerial staff and/or Victorian Government officers since 1 December 2006 and in particular issues arising from media plans prepared within the Victorian Government since 1 December 2006.

The Public Hearings were scheduled for today in relation to the Inquiry and in particular the Windsor Hotel redevelopment planning process. These included the hearing with Ms Peta Duke Media Advisor to the Minister.

Note that the Committee is inviting any individuals and organisations who wish to express views on the terms of reference. See instructions on website. Submissions will close on Friday, 26 March at 5.00 p.m. See Press Release: Press release of Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Contact:

Inquiry into Victorian Government Decision Making, Consultation and Approval Processes
Council Committees Office
Department of the Legislative Council
Parliament House
Spring Street
East Melbourne, 3002
Phone: (03) 9651 8696
Fax: (03) 9651 6799

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II. The Government attempts to resusistate the GAIC Bill by referring it to the Dispute Resolution Committee 2009

The Lower House has given notice that they will attempt to refer the GAIC Bill 2009 to the Dispute Resolution Committee. Apparently it is a matter of dispute as to whether a defeated Bill can be referred to The Dispute Committee. Michael Hocking of Taxed Out raised the question and provided us with the notice.

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF VICTORIA

NOTICE PAPER — No 153

Tuesday 9 March 2010

The Speaker takes the Chair at 9.30 am

BUSINESS TO TAKE PRECEDENCE

STATEMENTS BY MEMBERS — Under SO 40

GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

NOTICE OF MOTION

1 MR CAMERON — To move, That the Planning and Environment Amendment (Growth Areas Infrastructure Contribution) Bill 2009 be referred to the Dispute Resolution Committee for consideration under s 65C of the Constitution Act 1975 and that a message be sent to the Legislative Council informing them accordingly.

http://www.legislation.vic.gov.au/domino/Web_Notes/LDMS/PubPDocs.nsf/b58548f7c4833db5ca256dac007d6713/EFCA12FEAF74F49ACA2576D5002041D1/$FILE/10NP153.pdf

Dont Forget - Tune into the TV Tonight. Channel 10 at 5 pm, Channels 9 and 7 at 6 pm Channel 2 at 7 pm.

Regards Julianne Bell

Secretary

Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc.

PO Box 197 Parkville 3052