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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 2687..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

As Dr Foskey has indicated, the centre is being closed. Work will commence on 2 October. The work is disruptive and the centre will be closed from 2 October to a date, at this stage anticipated, of 14 December 2007.

DR FOSKEY: Could the minister please advise what assistance the ACT government is providing to the groups that often use or hire the centre to ensure that their activities can continue while the centre is closed?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and thank you, Dr Foskey. I am not aware of what transitional arrangements have been put in place. I am sure they have been made. I am more than happy to respond to you on the transitional arrangements that have been made to ensure there is minimal disruption to the activities of those that now use the centre. I will seek to provide that information by close of business tomorrow.

Public housing—rights of tenants

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Chief Minister. Yesterday you referred to the important role the Human Rights Act 2004 and the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 play in providing protections for all members of the community and, in particular, the most vulnerable of the community, including the ACT's 23,000 housing tenants. Chief Minister, what other protections are provided for by the ACT government in regards to the rights of housing tenants in the ACT?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I thank Mr Gentleman for this follow-up question to the issue that he raised yesterday. It is a very important question on a very important issue—namely, security of tenure—

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker: is it the case that a question fully answered cannot be answered again? This seems to be the same question as yesterday.

MR STANHOPE: The question quite clearly is what other protections are there in addition to those—

Mrs Dunne: That was the supplementary yesterday.

Mrs Burke: No, no, it was exactly the same as yesterday. You answered it in your supplementary yesterday.

MR SPEAKER: Order. A point of order has been raised. I am just going to clarify the question. Can you repeat the question, Mr Gentleman?

Mr Gentleman: The final part of the question, Mr Speaker was: Chief Minister, what other protections are provided for by the ACT government in regards to the rights of housing tenants in the ACT?

MR SPEAKER: The question is in order.


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