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The Epicentre smell continues

By Pandy - 13 July 2006 35

The Canberra Times reports that Mr Corbell believes both government agencies ACTPLA and the LDA) acted appropriately and that the registered bidders were responsible for due diligence, not the ACT Government.

“Complaints from Mr Snow are from a disgruntled developer concerned about a competitor entering the market:, Mr Corbell said.

Simon you also ignore everyone else who is complaining about the process. Playing Snowjob the man no longer washes with me. It is view emerging with others I have coffee with.

The information supplied by ACTPLA, eight days before the auction should have been given to the other parties which would have pushed the price up of the land further. It is obvious that unlimited building opportunities on the site would have generated heat in the marketplace.

By keeping mum on the advice provided by ACTPLA to one party, at worst smacks of something sinister in the dealings between your Government and developers or at best of gross incompetence in not getting a better deal for the ACT taxpayer.

The way you are dealing with the issue, placing your head in the sand, playing the man and not resolving the faults in your bureaucracy makes this Government look like something from the Joh era.

I thought you were doing a reasonable job at planning, but it seems that it is getting a bit much for you and you are looking tired these days. Some planning issues were taken off you over the last cabinet reshuffle. It is about time you did a portfolio swap and hand over the reigns to someone else and keep your law and order portfolio.

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The Epicentre smell continues
VYBerlinaV8 11:44 am 13 Jul 06

I’m not sure of the logic behind having the LDA at all. In my opinion, the govt should be zoning land according to a larger plan, then releasing it to developers according to the highest bidder. Dabbling in commercial industry is hardly core business for the govt.

areaman 11:43 am 13 Jul 06

Big Al, sure if there is somone at the LDA who knew of the advice, knew what it meant and belived they were able to pass send it out to the other interested parties but decided not to, sure show them the door, but that’s hardly the minister’s fault.

areaman 11:37 am 13 Jul 06

It is impossible for ACTPLA – who were working hand-in-glove with the LDA on the sale of the land

Really, I didn’t know that, do you have any sources to back that up?

It’s not. It’s the ACT Government.

It’s an independent development agency owned by the ACT government with it’s own CEO and board. It’s catch 22 for the LDA, if they get treated like every other development company this kind of stuff happens, if they don’t then the private developers complain.

Big Al 11:30 am 13 Jul 06

…and another thing:

“If it had been a private firm rather than government owned agency this wouldn’t have even been an issue.”

Areaman if you were working for me and you stuffed up so badly that you missed the opportunity to make me another $30-odd million dollars – your arse would be out the door so fast you wouldn’t know what was happening. And if I knew you’d screwed up and instead of sacking you tried to defend your actions I would expect that my shareholders would drag my sorry arse out on the street to, so don’t give us any of this “it wouldn’t be an issue if it was the private sector’ shit.

Unlike Corbell’s pathetic little fiefdom, in the private sector you’re actually accountable to someone and you’re expected to take responsibility for what you do.

areaman 11:30 am 13 Jul 06

So Pandy are you saying that ACTPLA didn’t do anything wrong, but the LDA did? Obviously the LDA had no legal obligation to release the advice from ACTPLA, however it might have raised the sale price if they had, not that I see any sign of malicious intent. That being said anyone who was serious about using the land should have asked ACTPLA themselves rather than expect the LDA to do it for them. Plus it’s not like Tony Snow doesn’t have a vested interest in seeing the DFO not happen.

Big Al 11:22 am 13 Jul 06

Areaman raises a few good issues that only demonstrate more clearly the rot within Corbell’s portfolio:

“My understanding is that Snow had private advice from ACTPLA that he didn’t share either.”

That’s exactly the problem Areaman – ACTPLA should have been sharing all the advice across all of the registered bidders – this is public sector procurement and disposal 101 – to not do so reflects a level of incompetence so extreme that it almost beggars belief.

“It was the LDA not ACTPLA that was selling the land and so ACTPLA had no reason no make their advice public.”

It is impossible for ACTPLA – who were working hand-in-glove with the LDA on the sale of the land – to be unaware that the advice it was giving in relation to planning requirements for that piece of land that might have an impact on decisions made by register bidders to claim otherwise reflects a level of incompetence so extreme that it almost beggars belief.

“If it had been a private firm rather than government owned agency this wouldn’t have even been an issue.”

It’s not. It’s the ACT Government. Because of Simon Corbell’s incompetence the ACT community has missed out on millions of dollars in extra revenue that could have gone some way to fixing up the education system that these dolts have managed to run into the ground.

Pandy 11:20 am 13 Jul 06

areaman, what my beef is is that Simon defends his agencies secrecy. His defence (see the Canberra Times) would be that Snowjob did not ask the right questions. Is this is how it will be from now until the next election? “Ask no questions, tell no lies”?

Me thinks who is the puppetmaster?

If I were in Simon’s shoes I would be publically aghast on what my agencies are doing and would bring them into line.

areaman 10:59 am 13 Jul 06

and that’s some great spelling of the word understanding.

areaman 10:57 am 13 Jul 06

The information supplied by ACTPLA, eight days before the auction should have been given to the other parties which would have pushed the price up of the land further.

My uinderstadnign is that Snow had private advice from ACTPLA that he didn’t share either. It was the LDA not ACTPLA that was selling the land and so ACTPLA had no reason no make their advice public. If it had been a private firm rather than government owned agency this wouldn’t have even been an issue.

thetruth 10:25 am 13 Jul 06

I agree – this is the sort of stuff that gives rise to royal commissions.

Stanhope must stand up here- the ACT taxpayer has been gouged big time

Big Al 10:20 am 13 Jul 06

Corbell is just another useless Labor hack – He’s looked like a rabbit caught in the headlights for some time now and strangely enough, Simon, if you sit in the middle of the road for long enough you’ll get run over.

As long as the Labor party places greater emphasis on grubby little backroom deals than talent when choosing its people the community is going to keep ending up with dip-shits like Corbell.

The bit I still don’t understand is the seriously amateur response of his advisors to this issue – it’s almost as if he’s using UC Media graduates – honestly it’s that bad. I would have thought that having a crack at Snow for trying to protect his commercial interests would make a cute sound-grab early in the piece and might win a few nods of approval from the usual coterie of pinko shit-bags in the electorate – but running with it as a central plank of your defence against an increasing tide of evidence that reveals your office and the departments that you’ve been left to administer as incompetent and potentially corrupt? So tell us Simon … if Snow is simply a disgruntled businessman, then what gives with the ACT Property Council? QIC? Westfield? Just disgruntled business men? You’re full of shit Simon.

thetruth 10:19 am 13 Jul 06

ACTPLA is a creation of Corbell and Corbell clearly has something against the airport. This scam has cost the ACT about $61 million – how many schools, operations, public sector jobs is that. this in the biggest financial scandal in Canberra’s history (and perhaps the nations.

Corbell must finally go

thetruth 10:16 am 13 Jul 06

In Commonwealth tenders if one party asks a question all registered parties recieve and addendum with the question and the response – why so that all parties are operating off the same information.

bonfire 10:07 am 13 Jul 06

Last night, while the Stanley Steamer was idling at the lights, i noted that the blue falcon in front of me had a ‘Simon Corbell’ sticker on its rear window.

!

Roland GRNS 10:06 am 13 Jul 06

I wonder what advice Consolidated Builders got from ACTPLA before buying the Long Stay Park off Koomarri?

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