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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 12 Hansard (7 December) . . Page.. 3833..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

This recommendation, like others I have already discussed, is based on strong evidence given to us by community groups that this change will have undesirable impacts on people this government claims to be offering welfare to. The committee, in reaching its decision at paragraph 3.104, said:

... the proposal to cease rent rebates after absences of more than three months may result in a serious diminishing of rights for some public housing tenants.

We asked the government to come back with more work on that, and they have not done that either.

I will finish speaking at this point, but I think I need to formally move the amendment that I have circulated.

MR SPEAKER: You do.

MS TUCKER: I move:

Omit all words after "Assembly", substitute ", having considered the Government's response to the Report of the Select Committee on the Role of Public Housing -

(1) expresses strong disappointment at the Government's failure to reflect in its response an understanding that the provision of adequate, stable and affordable housing is recognised as one of the central elements to mitigating poverty, and to creating social cohesion; and

(2) requires the government to prepare a revised response to recommendations 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9, to respond to paragraph 3.104, and to take no further action towards implementing the housing reforms to which these recommendations and this paragraph refer until the Assembly has resolved any question moved on the presentation of the revised Government response.".

Debate (on motion by Mr Moore ) adjourned to a later hour.

ASSEMBLY BUSINESS - PRECEDENCE

Suspension of Standing and Temporary Orders

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Care) (12.38): So you know that I do things properly, Ms Tucker, and so the previous debate comes back on today, I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent consideration of Assembly business, order of the day No 50 having precedence of Executive notices and orders of the day in the ordinary routine of business until consideration this day has concluded.

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

Sitting suspended from 12.38 to 2.30 pm


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