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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 2 Hansard (22 Feburary) . .

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MR HANSON: Minister, is it the government's intention to locate aged, disabled or special needs tenants on this site, and if so, are these tenants expected to self-evacuate in the event of a fire?

MS BERRY: As I have said previously in this place, one-on-one conversations are occurring with tenants across Canberra who are being relocated into new homes. They will choose where they live across Canberra. That may be Chapman, if it suits their needs.

MRS JONES: Minister, in the event of evacuation—as many in the gallery have experienced—of this site due to fire, where will the tenants be relocated, and how?

MS BERRY: I assume that Chapman residents will have done safety plans in the case of an unfortunate event occurring, such as a fire through Chapman again. I would suggest that the same would occur for public housing tenants—in fact, more so—and that Chapman residents would be able to assist in that process.

Crime—victim welfare

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services: my colleague Mr Hanson recently asked you to demonstrate that you cared about the workers of the Raiders Weston Club and Aldi by meeting with them regarding recent robberies. You said, and I quote—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: I ask those having a conversation across the floor to stop; I assume that Mr Gentleman would be having trouble hearing Mr Wall. Mr Wall, can you start from the beginning.

MR WALL: This question is for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services: Mr Hanson recently asked you to demonstrate that you cared about the workers of the Raiders Weston Club and the Aldi store at Weston Creek by meeting with them regarding recent robberies. You said:

I am not sure that it would be appropriate at a ministerial level to take that sort of action.

Minister, why do you consider it is inappropriate for you to have direct contact with members of the public about an issue relating to your portfolio?

MR GENTLEMAN: I meet regularly with members of the public across my portfolios. So what Mr Wall is saying in the premise to his question is incorrect. I do meet with members of the public on a regular basis across all my portfolios.

MR WALL: Minister, do you genuinely consider that it is not your job to meet with members of the public about your portfolio responsibilities, given your quote earlier this week?


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