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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 12 hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 4489..


MS BURCH (continuing):

housing. Again, I congratulate the housing minister and the Chief Minister on their achievements with respect to community and affordable housing.

MS BRESNAN (Brindabella) (4.44): Firstly in relation to Mr Hargreaves's amendment, I think we would all be happy for the ACT government to save money, avoid duplication and draw on available information by picking up on the work that is commonwealth funded, if that work is applicable and arrives in time. I believe it is not beneficial to back away from the concrete commitment that this motion seeks to provide a national and local comparison of the situation among government housing providers on our terms simply because some other related national work is happening elsewhere. As I have previously noted, there is a rather pressing need for the information, particularly for organisations involved in service delivery. We cannot simply wait for the KPMG report without knowing what the report will contain or when it is due. We have not even seen the terms of reference, so we do not know exactly what it will be looking at.

I thank and acknowledge the minister for his sincerity in stating he would bring the KPMG report to Mr Coe and me. However, I will not be supporting Mr Hargreaves's amendment which deletes all of part (2) of my motion. I am extremely disappointed by Mr Coe's withdrawal of his amendment, which is not only going back on his word to me but also to Havelock Housing Association. For all Mr Coe's talk about supporting community housing providers, and in particular Havelock Housing, the fact that he has withdrawn his amendment which builds on my motion and again acknowledges the KPMG report is extremely disappointing to say the least, and also, obviously, a big letdown for the community housing sector. It makes me wonder that this is more about the Liberals or Mr Coe having a bit of a reaction to what has happened today rather than taking the motion on its merit. I have to say that is a very disappointing reaction from Mr Coe.

Question put:

That Mr Hargreaves's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted−

Ayes 11

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Ms Gallagher

Ms Bresnan

Ms Burch

Mr Hanson

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Mr Hargreaves

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Doszpot

Mr Smyth

Mrs Dunne

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.


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