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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 3678..


(1) Further to the response to question on notice No 134 that asked whether or not Burringiri Aboriginal Corporation had gained access to the capital works budget of $1.542 million set aside for future capital works improvements to be made to the Indigenous Cultural Centre at Yarramundi Reach in which you stated that the terms of the contract between the ACT Government and Burringiri Aboriginal Corporation does not allow for access to capital works funds, why would the Burrigiri Aboriginal Corporation believe that they had direct access to the funds to make improvements to the site;

(2) Did the Minister indicate that he had no involvement in the expenditure of the money set aside for the site and did he also state on WIN News on 12 July 2005 that he is not making decisions because it is not my responsibility and that it was also disrespectful and patronising; if so, why in the answer to question on notice No 134, did he state that the Chief Minister's Department and Urban Services have been in consultation with Burringiri on the development of a 5 year capital refurbishment program.

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

(1) I cannot answer for the Burringiri Aboriginal Corporation. As a community organisation, Burringiri does not have direct access to the capital works fund.

(2) (a) Yes.

(b) Yes.

(c) Because it is a fact that the Chief Minister's Department and Urban Services have been in consultation with Burringiri on the development of a 5 year capital refurbishment program.

Housing-price signalling mechanisms

(Question No 536)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 24 August 2005:

(1) In response to question on notice No 216, did the Minister indicated that Housing ACT does not have any plans to implement price signalling mechanisms to provide public housing tenants with incentives such as the Sales to Tenants program, that would see some tenants move into alternative housing options other than social housing; if so, is this still the case;

(2) If it is the Government's wish to see security of tenure remain as a central tenet of the public housing system, even for some tenants who are clearly capable of leaving the system to free up properties for more needy applicants, why would the Chief Minister now indicate that he wants to review the system and set in place mechanisms to encourage market renters to become more independent by moving into the private market, as reported in The Canberra Times on 23 July 2005.

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

(1) No, I did not indicate that "Housing ACT does not have any plans to implement price signalling mechanisms to provide public housing tenants with incentives such as the Sales to Tenants program".


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