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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 9 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 3642..


MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, did you or your office discuss Mr Savery's decision to stand aside with him? If so, what role did you or your office play in his decision to step aside?

MR BARR: The chief planning executive and I met regularly through my time as planning minister and we discussed a range of matters.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, are you aware of any other occasions when the chief planner has been forced to step aside from the planning process?

MR BARR: No.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary.

MR SMYTH: Minister, did you advise or direct Mr Savery to stand aside?

MR BARR: No.

Youth—homelessness services

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Community Services. Minister, based on the proposed youth housing and homelessness system as outlined in the 2011 document called "Modernising youth housing and homelessness services in the ACT—feedback from community consultation", there are significant increases in medium to long-term accommodation and outreach places. Do you intend to increase the funding to match the significant increases in outputs?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Hunter for her question. Youth homelessness services and, indeed, homelessness services broadly have gone through significant change, and the youth homelessness sector is part of that. We have been very clear about the quantum that is in play and that is available for the reforms and the changes, and I think the community sector have been well engaged and informed on that

process.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Hunter?

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, is this new system an attempt to get more service delivery from an already stretched homelessness sector for the same dollars?

MS BURCH: No, it is actually looking at doing business in a different way. It is recognising that there needs to be not only bricks and mortar and accommodation beds but also support structures and early intervention to address the core origins and the beginnings of homelessness. This is not about trying to get more out of a stretched sector. It is about working with the sector to do business in a different manner.


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