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

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strategy, an ACT community conversation discussion paper, as a starting point. The consultation culminated in the inaugural ACT housing and homelessness summit, our Canberra, our home, held on 17 October 2017. This collaborative and productive event delivered on the commitment in the ninth parliamentary agreement to convene a homelessness summit in 2017, bringing together all key stakeholders to develop innovative proposals to combat homelessness. The discussion paper sought feedback from the industry and community about four main goals: reducing homelessness, strengthening social housing assistance, increasing affordable rental housing and increasing affordable home ownership.

We received hundreds of individual comments throughout the consultation period and at the summit. Over this period more than 125 organisations participated in 26 workshops, 166 online surveys were completed, 129 people attended six community drop-in sessions and 80 submissions on the discussion paper were received. In addition almost 200 stakeholders participated in the summit.

The summary report, What We Heard—Developing a New Housing Strategy for the ACT, brings together all the feedback provided by the community during this extensive conversation and reflects it back to the community and participants to show them that we have listened to what they have told us. The summary report reflects the government's first steps in collating the feedback provided into key themes. The summary report brings together different and at times competing ideas. It reflects the complexity of the issues involved with addressing housing affordability and the challenge that faces the government in trying to reconcile and address them. We are now working through these ideas, analysing them, researching them further and thinking about which ones can work well in the ACT and could be included in our new housing strategy.

I would like to take the opportunity now to thank all those who contributed to the community conversation and I look forward to sharing our further analysis with the community and the Assembly as we move forward towards the release of the new housing strategy in 2018. I commend the summary report to the Assembly.

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MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (3.31): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

Freedom of Information Act, pursuant to section 39—Notice provided to the Ombudsman—Canberra Institute of Technology—Freedom of Information request—Decision not made in time, dated 28 February 2018.

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

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