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I’m the only one who bosses planning in this town – Stanhope

By johnboy 3 November 2008 22

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.

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housebound 9:44 pm 03 Nov 08

I’m hoping it isn’t all that bad. Maybe there’s some secret deal we don’t know about that will make it a better place for all.

We’ll ignore, for this argument, that the data centre probably won’t move.

Passy 8:48 pm 03 Nov 08

It seems to me, as I have written elsewhere, that the deal between the Greens and Labor gives the ALP Government on the cheap. Excluding relocation of the data centre from the Agreement shows the Greens were either naive or have sold out already. think the latter is likely.

The rest of the agreement is crap. An extra 2.5 million a year for public housing. Wow.
A goal for green house reductions. Wow. I am staggered by the sellout the deal is. And all this before the Assembly even meets. A few weeks of ALP duchessing and the Greens will be braying “four legs good two legs better”.

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