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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 1384..


Health—autism

(Question No 1947)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability and Community Services, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

Can the Minister provide an update of the progress of the implementations of the recommendations from the autism national best practice guidelines outlining which guidelines have been implemented to date.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The autism best practice guidelines were developed by the Australian Government and have influenced the development of the Commonwealth initiatives for autism programs. Current practice of Therapy ACT is aligned with the key elements of these guidelines.

Housing ACT—tenant debt

(Question No 1950)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

(1) What is the current level of rental debt for Housing ACT tenants;

(2) How have the changes to the eligibility criteria, implemented in 2006, impacted upon market renters.

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

(1) As at 25 March 2008 the rental debt for Housing ACT tenants was $1,245,929.37 on 1,612 accounts.

(2) Changes to eligibility criteria have had no impact on market renters as they are targeted towards Housing ACT applicants.

Housing—Fraser Court

(Question No 1951)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 5 March 2008:

(1) Given that it was noted in the annual report hearings of 28 November 2007 that the target for properties undergoing refurbishment had not been reached, with a variance of minus 23.3%, has this outcome improved; if so, how; if not, why not;

(2) Can the Minister provide an update regarding the sale/redevelopment of the vacant former Fraser Court site in Kingston;

(3) Can the Minister advise the cost of the provision of security cyclone fencing for the Fraser Court site and stipulate, for what period of time, such fencing has been in place and who carries the cost for such fencing.


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