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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (12 August) . .

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I would also say that there is a responsibility on the home owners as well, a mandatory requirement to inform tradespeople that they are to work on a Mr Fluffy house—if work is to be undertaken, that it is a Mr Fluffy house. So there are a couple of things in place already and then there is this issue of the tagging of the houses, which will need to happen regardless of what decision we ultimately take on the future of the homes, because that will take a period of time to roll through.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what is the current position of the government concerning publishing the list of known Mr Fluffy houses?

MS GALLAGHER: The position of the government is not to publish the list of addresses of the homes. This certainly is not a decision that we have come to lightly. We do understand the public interest in being made aware of where these homes are but we also have to weigh that up with the representations from those living in the homes and acknowledge that some of them are going through a very traumatic time at the moment and they have made requests about their own privacy.

I think we can deal with the issue of people who need to know if a house is a Mr Fluffy house through the tagging of the house. Once a decision is taken about the long-term solution, if that decision is demolition then for those people who are happy to have their address identified, I think that with their agreement we can release that address but there will still be a core group of people who will want their privacy maintained.

Again, this is a balancing act. I am happy to take submissions from anyone. I am working with the Leader of the Opposition on this. If there are better ways of doing things and sharing information, I am very happy to take that on board.

Visitors

MADAM SPEAKER: Before I call the next questioner, I would like to acknowledge the presence in the gallery of the Majura Ladies Probus Club. Welcome to your Assembly.

Questions without notice

Transport—light rail

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Capital Metro. Minister, the Centre for International Economics, in its review of the 2014-15 ACT budget, believes that the cost of Capital Metro is "subject to a high degree of uncertainty and is a source of risk for the fiscal position of the ACT". The centre also said:

There is little available evidence to "support the economic merit of the Capital Metro".


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