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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 1337 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 December 2018 by Hon Colin Tincknell

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 6 December 2018


1337. Hon COLIN TINCKNELL to the minister representing the Minister for Planning:

I refer to question without notice 1310, asked yesterday about the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority. With respect, the minister has not appropriately answered either question (1) or (2).

(1) Regarding question (1) asked yesterday, I am aware that the MRA has discretionary powers, but I asked: is there any limit to those discretionary powers?

(2) Regarding question (2) asked yesterday, I asked: why were the basic criteria not met and why was approval still given?

I now resubmit those two questions today in the hope of receiving an appropriate answer.


I answer on behalf of the Minister for Environment, and the Minister for Planning has provided the following answer.

(1) The response yesterday referred to the provisions contained within the MRA's respective planning frameworks that confirm discretion is available and the matters that the MRA is to consider when determining the level of discretion that is appropriate. Although these provisions do not provide specific quantitative restrictions on the level of the discretion, they enable an appropriate qualitative assessment to be made based on the merits of an application.

(2) The application was approved as it was determined, despite variations to some specific quantitative controls, that the proposal satisfied the relevant matters contained in the Metropolitan Redevelopment Act 2011, the Scarborough redevelopment scheme, and related policy documents.