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Wednesday, 3 October 1984
Page: 1574

(Question No. 1621)


Mr Lusher asked the Minister for Territories and Local Government, upon notice, on 21 August 1984:

Is it a fact that the Government is conducting negotiations with the New South Wales Government concerning an increase in the size of the Australian Capital Territory; if so, what are the details.


Mr Uren —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

Neither I nor any officer under my control is negotiating with the New South Wales Government concerning an increase in the size of the Australian Capital Territory.

I am, however, committed to the concept of regional planning. In this regard, my Department and the National Capital Development Commission will be continuing discussions with NSW Authorities aimed at complementary development on either side of the ACT/NSW border. These discussions were initiated by the previous Government.