The ABC has a classic piece of Jon Stanhope mystery theatre with the angry man huffing and puffing about the dire consequences of our elected assembly having any say in his planning administration.
Particularly he wants his beloved datacentre/powerstation to be built on the edge of Tuggeranong and nowhere else.
Suddenly his planning process is sacrosanct, never mind the number of call ins and “earmarks” his own ministers have used to intervene in the past.
- “Mr Stanhope says the project does not need Assembly approval to go ahead.
“The Assembly has no role in the approval of development applications,” he said.
“If they did it would be mayhem … It would be chaos, nothing would ever be approved or things would be approved that shouldn’t be approved, and things that have a right to be approved wouldn’t be approved.””
Can’t wait to see what he has to say after the disallowance motion passes. A true leader in the Westminster tradition would be resigning.