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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 755..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

I should draw to the attention of the Assembly, however, the fact that, whilst the government did initially propose a form of words different to that in the tabled motion, I can now confirm that the government will instead be adopting the form of wording as proposed in the notice paper this morning.

Questions without notice

Housing—public

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Disability and Housing. Minister, in announcing the $42 billion package of measures last week, the COAG communique said that COAG agreed to a process:

... to ensure that there is no execution of capital efforts by the states ...

In answering a question on Tuesday, you said:

Housing ACT already has a number of projects in the pipeline which will meet the very tight time frames set by the commonwealth.

Minister, why is your government going to act in precisely the opposite way to that required by the agreement between the commonwealth and the states on the delivery of funding under the stimulus package?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. It is not.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Minister, how can the people of Canberra be assured that funds from the federal government's stimulus package will be spent on new social housing projects?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Mr Seselja for the supplementary question. The fact is that this package, provided, of course, that it does not get scuttled in the Senate—I notice that the only people who are opposing the provision of extra accommodation for the homeless in Canberra and around the country are, in fact, members of the Liberal Party—

Mr Hanson: Not true.

MR HARGREAVES: Well, okay, what part of $102 million don't you folks understand? Some $102 million will give us around about 290—

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, in relation to relevance, the minister is not answering the question.

MR HARGREAVES: I am answering the question.

MR SPEAKER: At this stage, Mr Hanson, there is no point of order. He has only just started answering the question, which is about expenditure on housing. Mr Hargreaves.


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