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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (21 August) . . Page.. 1729..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

figures for Mrs Burke, and she has the temerity to talk about behaviour. An examination of the estimates committee transcript reveals some pretty nasty pieces of work from Mrs Burke.

Mrs Burke: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Hargraves can wax lyrical about this. My question was why does everything he touches turn into a management disaster?

MR HARGREAVES: I do not see the management disaster with the GDE, which will be delivered on time and on budget. I do not see the issue with the Tharwa bridge. I do not see that at all. That work proceeds. I do not see any difficulty around that. It is really difficult. I just think that what Mrs Burke says has absolutely no ring of truth about it. It is a waste of time talking to her.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Burke?

MRS BURKE: Minister, why have you failed to learn from your mistakes?

MR HARGREAVES: When I saw the chortling of those opposite I was reminded of a carnival and I was reminded of those little clowns that go like this with their mouths open, wishing to heavens I had a bunch of table tennis balls to pop in them.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The minister will come to the subject matter of the question.

MR HARGREAVES: If I have one failing I confess to now, I have not learned from the mistakes that Mrs Burke has pointed out because so far she has not indicated to me any failings that we have had.

Public housing

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Housing. Minister, housing affordability is recognised by all Australian governments as a major issue throughout the country. What is the role of social housing in addressing the current problems with housing affordability in the ACT?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Ms Porter for the question. I was wondering when I was going to get asked a question.

The government's affordable housing strategy has moved to substantially strengthen the provision of community housing in the ACT. In particular, Community Housing Canberra has been identified to play a central role in the delivery of affordable housing in the ACT. This could be a response to Mrs Burke's previous question, couldn't it?

CHC, which was first established in 1998, has a strong track record in delivering housing projects in greenfields and urban redevelopment areas. They currently provide housing and tenancy management for a mixture of rebated renters and people on moderate to low incomes who do not meet public housing eligibility criteria. These changes, anticipated in the affordable housing strategy, will see CHC continuing to provide for rebated renters, but also significantly expand their role in the provision of affordable housing, both for purchase and rental.

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