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

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, what else does the 2014-15 budget do in investing in the support of the housing market?

MR BARR: The government will continue to invest in the development of a range of new policies and initiatives to improve housing across the city. We have the highest proportion of social housing of any city in Australia, with just over eight per cent of all housing in the territory held by the territory government. I am very keen to continue to increase the supply of housing across the public, social and community sectors, as well as a significant increase in the supply of housing in the private market.

The government has, through its land release program and through its various taxation measures, sought to provide tax incentives and other incentives to encourage the construction of new housing. That includes the retargeting of the first home owners grant and significant stamp duty concessions that encourage the construction of new housing in the city. We are seeing well above long-run average production of new housing in Canberra in a variety of locations, both urban infill and in new suburbs across Canberra.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how will your department manage the relocation of tenants who wish to move nearby, given that your department currently do not hold a register of disability-modified properties, as advised to me in a question on notice?

MR BARR: Carefully and respectfully.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Asbestos—loose-fill insulation

Canberra Hospital—medical wards

MS GALLAGHER: Earlier in question time Mr Hanson asked me a question about whether we had we been in touch with all Mr Fluffy householders, and I said I thought there were about 100 we had not been able to contact. A receipt has not been returned from 132 households that were sent the registered mail. Those 132 have been written to again through regular post last Friday, and there will be a possible follow-up by phone if we do not get responses from those 132. It is just over 10 per cent.

Last week—I think on Wednesday, 6 August—Mr Hanson asked me a question about whether there had been an independent or external review recently conducted into practices and procedures in the medical wards at Canberra Hospital by an external consultant, possibly a Dr Brown. I can provide the following information: no external review has been conducted recently into the practices and procedures in the medical wards at Canberra Hospital by an external consultant, Dr Brown. Dr Peggy Brown—a different Dr Brown—Director-General of ACT Health contacted Ian Thompson,


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