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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2471..


MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, would you withdraw too, please.

Mr Hargreaves: Could you tell me what I should withdraw? Are you asking me to withdraw the fact that I told him to piss off or that I am responding to it? I withdraw the fact that I told him that I would respond to him telling me to piss off, because it was unbecoming.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. We have nine fascinating days of sitting to go before we rise for the election. It might be a very good idea if everybody here behaved as adults that people want to vote for.

The Assembly voted-


 	Ayes, 10  			Noes, 6

 Mrs Burke  	Mr Moore  		Mr Berry  	Mr Wood
 Mr Cornwell  	Mr Rugendyke  		Mr Corbell
 Mr Hird  	Mr Smyth  		Mr Hargreaves
 Mr Humphries  	Mr Stefaniak  		Mr Quinlan
 Mr Kaine  	Ms Tucker  		Mr Stanhope
Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Mr Corbell thereupon withdrew from the chamber.

Questions without notice

Public housing

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, members have raised the issue of my using Ms Nicol's address. Ms Nicol has now moved from that address, so it does not breach her privacy in that sense. I had intended to ask leave to have her address struck from the Hansard, but I think that would be irrelevant. If members would still like the address to be taken out of Hansard, it can be, but it is irrelevant because she has now moved.

It is worth reminding members that in Letters to the Editor this person mentioned the percentage of her wage and misrepresented the actual facts of the matter. Therefore, Mr Speaker, I am going to correct those. ACT Housing charges rent in accordance with the requirements of the public rental housing assistance program. The program requires the calculation of rent to be based on gross income, and it would appear that she has a different view.

Her tenancy ceased on 26 July 2001. It is interesting that she notified ACT Housing of her intention to terminate the tenancy on 5 July, almost two weeks before she and other public housing tenants were notified of ACT Housing's intention to increase market rents. It therefore seems unfair of her to suggest that the impending rent increase, of which she knew nothing at the time, was the cause of her terminating the tenancy. Ms Nicol claimed that she received rent assistance from Centrelink once she began to rent in the private market. Such assistance is not available to public housing


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