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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 4 Hansard (24 March) . .

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because growing the University of Canberra is one of the most significant things that we can do to grow jobs in this city, to increase wealth in this city and to improve social outcomes in this city. That is what we are seeking to do, to ensure that the university has a sustainable financial future. We know the Liberal Party are not interested in that because their position is to cut funding and to kill off the University of Canberra, and that is what the Liberal Party are about.

Mr Smyth interjecting

MR BARR: It is writ large with the interjections we hear from the shadow treasurer and his contributions today. (Time expired.)

Housing—homelessness

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing. The average number of clients actively held by FirstPoint each month has increased from 283 presenting units for the six months ending December 2013 to more than 344 presenting units for the six months ending December 2014. This trajectory is expected to continue, despite the fact that Housing ACT has a zero per cent vacancy rate. Minister, is it true that FirstPoint's staff has been reduced from five full-time equivalents to four full-time equivalents?

MS BERRY: Sorry, was the question about the staffing at FirstPoint or was it about their waiting list for housing?

Ms Lawder: The staffing.

MS BERRY: I will have to get back to the member on that question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what was the rationale for reducing FirstPoint staff when its client numbers are increasing?

MS BERRY: I will have to get back to the member on that question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, is it true that FirstPoint is now closed between the hours of 12:30 and 1:30 pm daily until Friday, 1st May?

MS BERRY: I will have to take that question on notice as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: If the minister is going to take the question relating to the hours on notice, perhaps she will also be able to take on notice an explanation as to why that might be the case.


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