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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (20 March) . .

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role as the chair of the committee, and with one of the recommendations being that the committee be re-established to look at the draft legislation, and I would like to inform the house that I actually excused myself from cabinet for the government response to be considered. That will be noted in the cabinet summaries when they come out. But that was seen as an appropriate response in light of the work still to be done on this.

The other comment I would like to make is that the recent discussions have highlighted, I think, the pressing nature of getting on with this. It is a complex piece of legislation. The committee did recommend that the legislation be in place by the end of this year and I think that even with all the goodwill in the world that will still be a pressing timetable. It certainly speaks to the need for the government get on with this and for the legislation to be drafted as quickly as possible. I know members of the committee are keen to re-form the committee to have a look at the legislation when it is ready and to seek to get this done as quickly as possible.

One of the issues that have come up is retrospectivity. I think this is an interesting one on which the committee did form a view, and I think it is important to understand that, when we talk about retrospectivity in particular—and I do feel there are different understandings of this around—the committee was not recommending that any previous offences be changed or the conduct that was previously not legal would be found illegal. That is not what is meant by retrospectivity on this occasion but, rather, that it is simply giving the integrity commission the ability to look at matters that took place in the past. I think that is quite an important distinction that may have been lost in some of the translation and I think it is worth clarifying that for the purposes of the conversation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Developing a new housing strategy

Paper and statement by minister

MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Women and Minister for Sport and Recreation) (3.28): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

What We Heard—Developing a New Housing Strategy for the ACT—Summary report of the ACT Housing and Homelessness Summit, dated February 2018, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 1 November 2017, concerning housing affordability and homelessness funding

I ask leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS BERRY: On 28 July 2017 I launched a seven-week public consultation to inform the development of the new ACT housing strategy with the towards a new housing


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