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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (27 March) . . Page.. 943..


MR MOORE (continuing):

1,000 properties to community housing management by 2005. KLA is currently finalising the report, and the report is now expected to be available by the end of April 2001. I would be pleased to make a copy of that KLA evaluation available to interested members and readers following the government's consideration of the report.

Mr Wood's supplementary question was about a number of calls from community housing groups in relation a hold on transfers. It is appropriate that the government not proceed with a large-scale transfer of properties to community housing management until it has had the opportunity to properly consider the KLA report and evaluate the current arrangements around the transfer. Nevertheless, it is recognised that there is a continuing need for property by community organisations, including the community housing providers.

The other day at a Meet the Minister session-as you know, we make ourselves available to the community through the Meet the Minister process-a person who approached me had been promised a house through community housing. Following that meeting, fortuitously, I had a meeting with Community Housing Canberra, and I believe we have been able to move this along a step further.

Properties are continuing to be leased to community groups under the community organisations rental housing assistance program (CORHAP). The Department of Health, Housing and Community Care is also negotiating with CHC to transfer a number of properties-I think it is nine they were waiting on-to CHC on an interim basis pending the resolution of longer term transfer arrangements.

Personal explanation

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR BERRY: During question time a question from Ms Burke directed to the Chief Minister misrepresented me in respect of references made to me and a publication in the Canberra Times. Mr Speaker, to make the position clear for members and to rule out any further fears of misrepresentation, I will read to you the letter which I wrote to the Canberra Times:

Crispin Hull's "Poll position clears the track for women" ...

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Mr Berry has not explained how he was misrepresented. He obviously wants to read into the record a letter, but he has not explained exactly how he has been misrepresented.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order. You have to explain where you have been misrepresented.

Mr Humphries: In fact, Mr Speaker, I might just add to that. I did not get to the part of my answer that referred to what Mr Berry had said, so he will have difficulty showing how he was misrepresented at all.


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