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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 2615..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

conscious of our emissions problem in the ACT, and I do not mind picking up any trial anywhere in the world and having a look at it.

Mr Speaker, if you have a good read of the question that Mr Seselja asked, it said I may have a look at this and I may not ask my officers to do something. And I can say to Mr Seselja, through you, Mr Speaker: I may not; we will see the results of the trial. Watch this space, Mr Seselja.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, are you considering implementing an odds and evens restriction on car use in Canberra?

MR HARGREAVES: I do wish to be introduced to the person who writes those questions; I really want to congratulate them so much. I have just said, in answer to the substantive question, that I want to see the results of a trial before asking the officers to do anything. There has never been any suggestion on my part that I would introduce it at all—no suggestion on my part in anything that I have said to anybody or done that I would introduce it. What I have said is that I will look at the results of the trial and then we will see how things go. Before I even ask the officers from TAMS to look into it we will see the results of the trial as a carbon emission and as a pollutant control measure—

Mr Seselja: They will probably say, "Don't be stupid; Beijing is nothing like Canberra."

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, the next time I will warn you, and subsequent to that you might have an opportunity to go outside.

MR HARGREAVES: I have said this on a number of occasions: we can have a look at all manner of trials and see how they may or may not have relevance to the ACT. I will not ask my officers to do one minute's work until we see the results of that trial.

Public housing—rights of tenants

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, could you inform the Assembly about what the ACT government is doing in regard to the rights of Canberrans who rely on it for their housing needs?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. It is an important question in a community such as ours, reasonably well off by any measure, a community of significant prosperity but a community that seeks to include all Canberrans in the life of the community irrespective of their particular life experience, whether they are experiencing poverty, disadvantage or poor health.

One of the ways, of course, in which we seek to ensure a genuinely compassionate and inclusive society, a society where all Canberrans can live their lives to the extent that they wish, is to ensure adequacy of housing. To that extent, we provide over 11,500 units of public housing—the highest pro rata level of public housing within Australia. There are 23,000 Canberrans living within those 11,500 units of public


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