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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 249..


MR STEFANIAK (4.17): I am pleased to see the up line Mr Wood has given in the housing parts of his statement. There is a real need to have a look at the types of housing that we have in the territory and the real needs of the likely clientele. The days are gone when you had a husband, a wife and 2.4 children in a house. A lot of effort has been put into appropriate housing over the last few years to mix and match. It is an ongoing problem, and it is pleasing to see that he seems to recognise that.

I look forward to the work being done by these various groups. There is a lot of work to be done there, Minister, in ensuring that Housing does get it right. The needs are diverse, but there are some obvious trends there which are not going to change and which will need to be reflected in the housing mix.

Whilst I am on my feet, I might congratulate and agree with Mr Quinlan on his comments regarding the contribution from clubs to sport and recreation. I have been well aware of a number of those developments in my electorate. I do not necessarily agree with what the author says on page 8 of that report, as I think there are some significant community benefits there. I am also delighted to see that the amount of money will be greater next year, too, as a result of the 5 per cent going up to 6 per cent.

Getting back to Mr Wood: I am certainly interested in seeing what eventuates over the next few months. It is a big issue, and $1.5 billion is a big asset. We need to ensure that there is a proper, adequate mix for our housing needs. Those issues are not going to go away. The needs of some of these people-some of the most vulnerable in our community-are going to stay with us, and we need to get it as right as we possibly can.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Future directions of Education, Youth and Family Services, Planning and Industrial Relations

Ministerial statement

MR CORBELL (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Planning and Minister for Industrial Relations) (4.20): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning future directions of departments under my jurisdiction.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I am pleased to present this first ministerial statement to the Assembly outlining the new Stanhope Labor government's early priorities on education, planning and industrial relations.

The key issues Labor took to the Canberra community in the October election were health, education and planning. In each area the new government presented a strong and well-developed agenda for reform. The government's reform agenda was a response to the issues the Canberra community wanted to see addressed by the territory government, and my colleagues and I intend to move in a timely and considered manner to implement our commitments.


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