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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (24 November) . . Page.. 4611..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

What has happened also is that the confidence that the AFP enjoys from the Stanhope government has seen a greater visibility of police in our community. It has seen a rise in the acceptance and it has seen a significant downturn and reduction in major crime in this town. All I can do is suggest to Mr Pratt that, firstly, he get his facts straight and, secondly, that he go and see Mr Mulcahy for a change in portfolio.

MR SPEAKER: I call Mrs Burke.

Mr Pratt: Riveting, John, riveting!

Mr Hargreaves: Get your facts straight, you goose.

Mr Pratt: Misleading.

Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Mr Pratt again accused me of misleading the house. I ask for him to withdraw.

Mr Pratt: I actually said misleading the community, Mr Speaker. That is what I said, which he is.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Just stop the conversations across the chamber and deal with questions without notice. I call Mrs Burke.

Havelock Housing Association

MRS BURKE: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. Minister, what are you doing to ensure that the Havelock Housing Association is in a position to offer an increased level of appropriate support to high-need clients?

MR HARGREAVES: I am pleased to receive that question from Mrs Burke; it is a sensible question, in contrast to that of her colleague. The Havelock Housing Association, as I have said in this place before, is an absolutely wonderful organisation, looking after a particular sector of our housing need in this town. There is a substantial partnership between the government, through the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services, and Havelock Housing Association. The efficacy of that association was evidenced recently at the National Housing Conference, which I have mentioned before, with their walking away with one of the six national awards and receiving two highly commended.

Associations like that deserve all the accolades they can get-and I am the first in the queue to give it to them. But they do not do that by accident. They deliver the quality service through partnerships, and they do that in this particular instance in partnership with the ACT government. We need to understand the contribution and the partnerships that exist between Havelock Housing Association and Housing ACT; it is significant. The dialogue in there is constant and, from time to time, as Havelock housing and our own needs analysis show the point, we allocate more properties to that association to address that need.


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