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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 4 Hansard (25 March) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members!

MR BARR: enforce the regulations—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, I have called you to order.

MR BARR: Those who have responsibility for enforcing the rules of the day are separate from those who set the rules of the day. But for those who are interested in less red tape, one could look at it in this way: rather than the regulators writing their own rules, there is now a separation. We have a clear, simple, one-stop shop, Access Canberra—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Coe!

MR BARR: to deal with all regulatory approvals and policy is set in the different portfolio areas, as it always has been. It is not that complex.

Housing—public

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Before I call Dr Bourke I would like to have a little bit of shush. Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Chief Minister and Minister for Urban Renewal. Minister, why is public housing renewal important to Canberra's communities, businesses and economy?

MADAM SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, I am sorry, I was distracted and I did not hear the question. Could you repeat the question?

DR BOURKE: Of course, Madam Speaker. Minister, why is public housing renewal important to Canberra's communities, businesses and economy?

MR BARR: Our city has a proud tradition of providing public housing. It played a key role in our earliest days, and we remain a community that truly values the support that we provide to our most vulnerable members.

Our long history of public housing provision of course comes with a legacy. We have the oldest public housing portfolio in Australia. Much of that public housing was built very quickly—to the standards of a different time—and has reached the end of its useful life. The time for renewal of our public housing stock has come.


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