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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 8 Hansard (5 August) . .

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invitation from the government of Taipei. Other members of the delegation may wish, or not, to seek their own advice as appropriate in their own circumstances. I will make a final decision in relation to this invitation after I see the ethics adviser's advice.

In addition to other matters I have outlined, I will also ask the ethics adviser to look at the wider issues associated with third-party gifts, including travel, and to consult the Clerk on this matter. This will include whether the receiving and reporting of third-party gifts need to be better codified and reported.

I will release all advice from the Ethics and Integrity Adviser as it comes to hand to me. I want to make it clear that I will release advice that I have sought in relation to my travel to Taiwan and that of my senior adviser. I will waive the privilege on that and any advice that the Ethics and Integrity Adviser, in consultation with the Clerk, gives in relation to the wider issue of codification and reporting.

I hope that this approach will help to clarify what has become a matter of confusion and misinterpretation.

Homelessness

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (4.47): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) 3-9 August 2015 is Homelessness Prevention Week;

(b) the Evaluation of Reforms to the ACT Specialist Homelessness Service System Evaluation Report was released on 3 August 2015;

(c) homelessness results in substantial social and economic costs to individuals, families, communities, governments and the nation as a whole;

(d) research shows that the cost of rough sleeping to the community is more than $27 000 per person per year and this cost rises the longer a person experiences homelessness;

(e) homelessness makes it hard to maintain school or further study and leaves people vulnerable to long-term unemployment and chronic ill-health;

(f) approximately 1758 people are experiencing homelessness in the ACT;

(g) First Point data shows that 726 people were waiting for accommodation and homelessness support from First Point in May 2015;

(h) the Dropping off the Edge 2015 Report shows that disadvantage is concentrated in a small number of communities in the ACT;

(i) Canberra's affordable housing crisis and long public housing waiting lists make it very difficult for people to get out of homelessness;


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