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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 10 Hansard (17 September) . .

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significant and complex needs which go to the support services that they are being provided within the homelessness services sector in the ACT. It is important to note that, whilst people might not have been provided with public housing in the ACT, they are still being provided with support. Some of them may be in refuges—

Ms Lawder: On a point of order, Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: On a point of order. Stop the clock.

Ms Lawder: on relevance. The question related to why, out of 601 people on the list, only 48 gained accommodation during August.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister did touch briefly on the data. Minister, in the remaining time that you have I ask you to be mindful of standing order 118(a), which asks you to be directly relevant to the question.

MS BERRY: Madam Speaker, people who have been provided housing were assessed by the multidisciplinary panel to be most at need and that is why those people were provided with housing in the ACT.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how will the government's public housing urban renewal program shorten the waiting time for those people already on the public housing waiting list?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. The public housing renewal program is a renewal program. It is not a program designed to increase the public housing numbers in the ACT. It is a program to replace some of our ageing public housing stock that does not meet the needs of our tenants.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, has the government communicated with people on the housing register and transfer register waiting lists that Northbourne Avenue public housing tenants will be allocated a property before them? If so, how is the government communicating this information?

MS BERRY: Thanks, Mr Doszpot, for the question. Last week Ms Lawder was provided with a fairly comprehensive briefing on the out-of-turn transfers, who are the public housing tenants who will be moved in to new homes as part of this renewal program. The government's commitment has always been that public housing tenants who are part of the renewal program will not end up homeless as a result of this renewal program. It is important to—

Ms Lawder: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order. Stop the clock, please.

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