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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 7 Hansard (29 June) . . Page.. 2717..


MS BURCH (continuing):

service specifications, which include both permanent and transitional outcomes. So it is my understanding that it is still within the procurement process so criteria are being finalised at the minute. But, as I mentioned earlier, Toora and Inanna currently continue to provide our service to women who are exiting the AMC.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary?

MS HUNTER: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, can you please advise the Assembly why housing services for female prisoners were not provided from the time the AMC opened?

MS BURCH: My understanding is that, whilst this program was not put in place, certainly, as I have indicated, Toora and Inanna—those services have been available for women transitioning out of the AMC into both permanent and transitional housing outcomes for those women.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you. Minister, did you provide additional funding to existing community organisations that were expected to provide services to released female prisoners prior to the specific service being set up?

MS BURCH: We have committed $1.6 million over four years. Whilst I recognise that the numbers of women who have been committed and who are exiting are quite small, it does not mean to say that they do not need that level of support in finding permanent and transitional accommodation. I do not have with me information on whether additional funding has been provided to those services, in addition to the $1.6 million that has been committed.

Parking—fees

MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. My question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, when you took the decision to sign off on a budget that contained a 30 per cent increase in parking fee revenues, were you aware of how much parking fees would increase in the major employment centres such as Civic?

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary?

MR COE: Given that Canberra Connect staff did not know how much parking costs would increase in the city centre, are you able to tell the Assembly how much they will increase by?

MS GALLAGHER: I think we went through this in estimates and it is actually not my portfolio responsibility. It is the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. I cannot answer why Canberra Connect did not know the answer to that. Maybe Canberra Connect have a different version of events or a diversion of views there. But I can happily provide a list of them. I do not have them in front of me at the moment. In fact, I will try to find them during question time.


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