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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 3 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 936..


After careful consideration of the question, and advice provided by my Department, I have determined that the information sought is not in an easily retrievable form, and that to collect and assemble the information sought solely for the purpose of answering the question would be a major task, requiring a considerable diversion of resources. In this instance, I do not believe that it would be appropriate to divert resources from the provision of direct services to clients, for the purposes of answering the Member's question.

Schools-therapy services

(Question No 98)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) Were parents of students at The Woden School told at the start of the 2004 school year by Therapy ACT that therapy services were not being offered to special school students in that year;

(2) Did Therapy ACT offer parents of students at any other ACT special schools special therapy services at the start of the 2004 school year;

(3) Does the ACT Government intend to restore therapy services for children with a disability in the special school(s) where they were not offered services at the start of the 2004 school year; if not, why not.

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

(1) No.

(2) Yes.

(3) Not applicable.

Disabled persons-tenancy agreements

(Question No 99)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 15 February 2005:

(1) What progress has occurred in securing individual tenancy agreements for residents of Disability ACT group homes;

(2) If individual tenancy agreements have been allocated, (a) how many have been allocated and (b) are they structured on the standard ACT Housing tenancy agreement.

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

(1) On 15 June 2004 and 16 June 2004 Housing ACT and Disability ACT convened two public information sessions. Since June 2004 Housing ACT and Disability ACT have met with each of the forty-five households to offer the tenancy. Three households have indicated that they will accept the tenancy offer and five households have indicated that


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