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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (29 February) . . Page.. 522..

MR DE (continuing):

Mr Speaker, already, the strategy reference group, which represents key industry professional and community organisations in the ACT, has provided the Government with valuable input to the development of strategies for the housing plan. I will pass on to Mr Stefaniak that Ms McRae called for a copy of that study that has been taking place and asked that the Assembly be kept informed. I am sure that the Minister will continue to keep the Assembly informed. I cannot see any reasons why Ms McRae cannot also have a copy of the list of members of the reference group that we have referred to.

Ms McRae: Yes, there was probably a press release.

MR DE DOMENICO: I remember reading it this morning, in fact. I will get you a copy of that. As part of the development of this plan, ACT Housing has undertaken a number of projects which will give a better understanding of housing needs in the community and the dynamics of supply and demand in the housing market.

So much for the prepared speech. I think it is important that we get to the social harmony situation as well. Long gone are the days when you build the ghettos and say, "Here is public housing; here is private housing". I think we will find that all modern planners and modern environmentalists, and all sensible people - let us be honest - will have a mixture of public and private housing so that people cannot even tell the difference, and nor should they, between one and the other. I think that comes into social harmony. It also relates to proper and good planning, and social justice as well. Having said all that, I am delighted that the Opposition has agreed that it is a fine strategy that Mr Stefaniak has presented to the house. The Government will continue to inform the Assembly on what is going on. I am sure that the Assembly will be well informed once Mr Stefaniak presents things from time to time.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Suspension of Standing Orders

MR BERRY (4.46): Earlier this day debate on a motion which had been moved by Mr Moore and subsequently amended was adjourned, and I would like to bring that motion back on. I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent the order of the day, private members business, relating to the presentation of the Report on Information Technology being called on forthwith.

Question resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of an absolute majority.

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