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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 3725..


MR WOOD: I will do that. As it is a hashed-around document I will render it in a clear form and give it to members.

Commonwealth-state housing bilateral agreement

Paper and statement by minister

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Arts and Heritage, and Acting Minister for Health): For the information of members I present the following paper:

Housing Assistance Act, pursuant to section 11A-2003 Commonwealth-State Housing Bilateral Agreement, between the Commonwealth of Australia and the Australian Capital Territory-2003-2008, dated 25 June 2004.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: It is with pleasure that I table the bilateral Commonwealth-state housing agreement 2003-08. On 25 June 2004 the ACT became a signatory to the CSHA bilateral agreement. That followed the signing of the multilateral Commonwealth-state housing agreement 2003-08 in July 2003 and its subsequent tabling in November 2003. The bilateral agreement, which outlines the housing assistance to be provided over the five years of the agreement, was signed on 25 June by Senator Patterson, the Commonwealth minister responsible for housing, and me.

Sections 11A, 11B and 11C of the Housing Assistance Act 1987 require the minister responsible for housing in the ACT to table the CSHA multilateral and bilateral agreements in the Assembly within 15 sitting days after they have been signed; the Commissioner for Housing to prepare a notice in the form of a notifiable instrument about the commencements of the agreements, including indicating where they are available for inspection; and to ensure the agreements are available for public inspection.

Arrangements have been made to notify the making of the multilateral and bilateral agreements, in accordance with the Housing Assistance Act, on the ACT legislation register. Members of the public may obtain copies of these documents from the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services. They will be also accessible on the department's web page.

Papers

Mr Wood presented the following papers:

Subordinate legislation (including explanatory statements unless otherwise stated)

Legislation Act, pursuant to section 64-


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