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Misleading over Southern Woodchip Port

3 May 2018
Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr WOODRUFF question to MINISTER for PRIMARY INDUSTRIES and WATER, Ms COURTNEY

Mr Barnett's office previously told us that provisional landowner's consent has been provided to the developer so that the development application can be assessed by the Huon Valley Council. Is this true or are you misleading the House when you say the provisional consent is being withheld? If so, will you correct that and answer the question?

 

ANSWER

Madam Speaker, I cannot comment on anything a fellow minister said in correspondence or in the House.

Ms O'Connor - Ask him.

Ms COURTNEY - Maybe, if you are suggesting he should be asked, that could be your next question to the Minister for Resources. As the minister responsible for Crown land, which is what I can address, I cannot answer what Mr Barnett has said to you in any other forum.

I can clearly say, because of the current proposal the proponent has asked for Crown consent to lodge their development application with the Huon Valley Council, the Government is considering the proponent's request.

Dr WOODRUFF - Point of order. On a point of clarification, Madam Speaker. I am talking about provisional consent. Has provisional consent been applied for?

Madam SPEAKER - That is not a point of order and the minister is answering the question.

Ms COURTNEY - I can repeat the answer again, seeing as the member has not been listening. The Government is considering the proponent's request. We are a Government that wants to ensure there is due process, as has been outlined by the Treasurer in answering other questions this morning. We want to support projects, but they have to comply with due process and the Government is considering the proponent's request.

Dr WOODRUFF - Point of order, Madam Speaker. Standing Order 46, at your discretion.

Madam SPEAKER - I have a ruling from the Clerk. The time for questions has expired, but I will take your point of order.

Dr WOODRUFF - Standing Order 46, at your discretion, a supplementary question. The original question I asked, which was that question -

Madam SPEAKER - I am sorry, Dr Woodruff. It is no longer the practice of the House, thank you.