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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (18 November) . . Page.. 5190..


MS BURCH: Through the ongoing discussions and dialogue between the community housing sector and the department, a number of providers have raised what they think are indicative costs to come into regulation. Some of those costs are not appearing to be consistent across other providers. So there is an ongoing discussion and support to allow the community sector providers to implement the regulations, and support and advice will be offered.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Le Couteur?

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how many extra staff will each of the community housing providers need to assist them in preparing for the accreditation process, and how will those staff be paid for?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Le Couteur and the Greens for their interest in community housing. Community housing does provide an important function for tenants across the ACT. Housing ACT has set aside funds to assist all community housing organisations with the accreditation. It has previously been costed at around $8,000 per organisation. As far as individual staff costs go, I think that the support and guidance offered by ACT Housing would be sufficient. I am not aware of any detail around the need to recruit and appoint a particular worker.

Fireworks-ban

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Minister, in banning the sale and use of consumer fireworks in the ACT the former minister issued a regulatory impact statement. The statement under the heading "Mutual recognition"outlines the regulatory arrangements that exist in other jurisdictions in which fireworks continue to be available.

Minister, in determining to ban the sale and use of consumer fireworks in the ACT, what consideration was given by the government to the practice in other jurisdictions?

MS GALLAGHER: A great deal of consideration was given to what occurs in other jurisdictions. In fact, I am sure that you had a lot of these discussions, Mrs Dunne, with the previous minister.

Members interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Order! Ms Gallagher has the call.

MS GALLAGHER: I have answered the question. A great deal of consideration was given to what happens in other jurisdictions. I think this has been a difficult issue for all members of the Assembly, but tomorrow we will have that debate-and certainly we on this side are really looking forward to hearing all of your speeches about how you have rolled over and changed your positions.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question?


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