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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1305..


Housing ACT—full market renters

(Question No 998)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 9 March 2006:

(1) Given that over the coming years the number of full market renters who are Housing ACT tenants appears to be in decline due to a well-established policy of currently allocating public housing based on a set eligibility criteria, what other revenue or income streams is the Minister actively seeking to replace the approximately $10 million worth of revenue generated by full market renters each year;

(2) If no other form of revenue stream can be sought to replace the lost income from the declining number of full market renters, is the Stanhope Government considering sourcing supplementary income from consolidated revenue.

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

(1) The reduction in market renters has slowed significantly over the past two years. This is due, in part, to tenants on rental rebates becoming market renters. The Government will continue to look at efficiencies within Housing ACT, as indeed we do with all our agencies.

(2) There is no need for supplementary income from consolidated revenue at this point.

Magistrates Court—corrections officers

(Question No 1000)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 9 March 2006:

(1) When were the corrections officers at court moved;

(2) Where are they currently situated;

(3) Is it good policy to have corrections officers situated in court;

(4) How many cases, up until 1 March 2006, have been adjourned because of the removal of the corrections officers out of the Magistrates' Court;

(5) Has any money been saved from the Department of Justice and Community Safety budget as the result of this move; if so, how much; if not, has the move led to greater costs;

(6) If the move has led to greater costs, what are the details of these increased costs.

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

(1) The Court Liaison Unit (CLU) ceased operating on 8 July 2005.

(2) The work undertaken by the Courts Liaison Unit has been absorbed by the Probation and Parole Unit (PPU) within ACT Corrective Services.


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