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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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I’m the only one who bosses planning in this town – Stanhope
johnboy 5:35 pm 03 Nov 08

Next agreement review is in four months.

Ian 5:32 pm 03 Nov 08

How long before the Greens get jack of him and demand his replacement as a condition for their support of the government?

Granny 5:32 pm 03 Nov 08

Thankyou Motorist Party!!

*chuckle*

Bundybear 5:24 pm 03 Nov 08

Ahhh yes, everything changes, and everything stays the same. Anyone surprised?

Vic Bitterman 5:11 pm 03 Nov 08

Fkn hell, it’s going to be a long 4 years with Mr Arrogance at the helm….

peterh 4:55 pm 03 Nov 08

housebound said :

Stanhope can’t use call-in powers in a DA, only the planning minister can do that. If the final approval of the DA is subject to an EIS, then the minister has the discretion to table the final EIS in the Assembly, or could just approve it outright withouit tabling. The short story is: you get Labor, you get a data centre wherever Labor wants it. The Greens were kidding themselves if they thought Labor would change that one.

The only way to change it would be to change the new Planning and Development Act to force all EIS’s to be tabled in the Assembly for approval. Since the DA for the data centre was lodged under the old Planning Act, it is quite possible that even doing that wouldn’t help.

I’m not sure a DA approval is a disallowable instrument – so a disallowance motion might have no effect.

Anyway, classic Stanhope continues: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/03/2408461.htm

wait, he will be planning minister now. and AG and any other ministery that takes his fancy.

and when will he learn to separate professional from personal?

when we finally see the back of him.

housebound 4:51 pm 03 Nov 08

Stanhope can’t use call-in powers in a DA, only the planning minister can do that. If the final approval of the DA is subject to an EIS, then the minister has the discretion to table the final EIS in the Assembly, or could just approve it outright withouit tabling. The short story is: you get Labor, you get a data centre wherever Labor wants it. The Greens were kidding themselves if they thought Labor would change that one.

The only way to change it would be to change the new Planning and Development Act to force all EIS’s to be tabled in the Assembly for approval. Since the DA for the data centre was lodged under the old Planning Act, it is quite possible that even doing that wouldn’t help.

I’m not sure a DA approval is a disallowable instrument – so a disallowance motion might have no effect.

Anyway, classic Stanhope continues: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/11/03/2408461.htm

AG Canberra 3:08 pm 03 Nov 08

Assembly – no….Ministers – yes?

Is this what he is getting at – it’s not decision by consenus of the assembly – but by the Minister only?

spoonbill 2:47 pm 03 Nov 08

Didn’t Stanhopeless learn anything from the election. The people of Canberra gave him a kicking and took away his majority government. Mr Stanhopeless use this term to listen to the people before acting unilaterally.

Pandy 2:06 pm 03 Nov 08

classic Stanhope. if he said this before the election, I bet the swing aganist Labor would have been greater.

This clear the deck for the his union mates grabbing the car-park in Woden then.

GottaLoveCanberra 10:16 am 03 Nov 08

Why doesn’t he slit his own throat and save us all the trouble of his arrogance and hypocrisy.

Mr Evil 10:01 am 03 Nov 08

Christ, four more years of this crap from Mr Bighead………………

Why doesn’t he build his data centre in Cyprus?

jimbocool 10:01 am 03 Nov 08

As I noted in another thread a Disallowance motion from the Assembly will squash the data centre project. There’s no need for a no confidence motion – as JB notes a minister who took on the issue should do the decent thing and resign once the Disallowance passed.

There’s quite a history of Disallowance motions on significant projects, so Stanhope really is talking tripe. While he stared down the greens on supporting him as Chief Minister as he knew they’d never support the Libs, on this occasion any brinkmanship will surely misfire.

sepi 10:00 am 03 Nov 08

What did stanhope’s adviser david dawes apologise for again? Misleading the assembly under oath? Didn’t he select this block of land in order to retain the industrial land for future sale?

Looks like govt involvement in the site selection to me.

whistle 9:52 am 03 Nov 08

That is a point – Stanhope might use the “call in” powers to approve this project. That would be a real test of whether the Greens were an extension of the ALP, or were going to play a sincere role from the crossbench. The independent response would be t move no confidence (if not in the govt, then at least in Stanhope).

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