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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004-2005 Week 1 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 326..

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

Petree Pty Ltd received a grant to the value of $202,000 (GST inclusive) under the ACT Research and Development Grants Scheme in August 2000. Under this grant, two prototype affordable housing dwellings were constructed by Petree Pty Ltd and were completed in 2002. The dwellings demonstrated low cost manufacturing and construction methods through the design, manufacturing and assembly of factory fabricated buildings. Officers from both the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services and the Land Development Agency have visited Petree Pty Ltd's site to view their construction project. The site is not open for display to the general public.

(2) Petree Pty Ltd is eligible to tender for ACT Government construction projects under the same conditions as other building and construction companies in the ACT.

(3) This Government is always happy to discuss housing issues with other members of the Legislative Assembly.

Housing—abused interstate women

(Question No 10)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

How many women claiming to be abused are currently coming from interstate into the A.C.T. and applying for housing, then subsequently being placed at the top of the housing list.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Under the Public Rental Housing Assistance Program applicants are housed in order of their priority category and date of application. As a result of this, women fleeing domestic violence and moving to the ACT are placed in the appropriate registration date order on the housing waiting list and not at the top of the list.

Drugs—diversion program

(Question No 12)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 7 December 2004:

(1) Did the Government announce a $70 000 new drug diversion program in January 2002; if so, how many people have been referred to drug treatment programs via the drug diversion program since its inception;

(2) What is the breakdown of (a) males and (b) females who have been treated through the drug diversion program;

(3) Of those treated, were any under the age of 18; if so, how many;

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