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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . .

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Mr Coe: Give us a ballpark, then.

MS FITZHARRIS: I think in my reply I indicated that it was up to 10, but I will clarify that and come back to the Assembly.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why has it been so difficult to get an exact response from the Health Directorate as to the number of clients that have been treated at the facility?

MS FITZHARRIS: For the reason outlined in my response to Mr Milligan, which I believe he read out in his first question, which was: to maintain patient privacy.

MS LEE: Minister, what has been occurring at the facility since the first and only program ceased in December 2017?

MS FITZHARRIS: Ongoing management of the facility and work with the partners who are delivering services there and, in particular, the development of an ACT healing framework, which is an important component of the work that will underpin the ongoing work of the Ngunnawal Bush Healing Farm. Applicants to participate in the second round are currently being sought, and I look forward to ACT Health welcoming them in the very near future.

Government—land sales

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, I refer to an analysis by former Chief Minister Jon Stanhope and former senior ACT treasury official Khalid Ahmed in the Canberra Times of 5 March 2018. Mr Stanhope and Mr Ahmed said:

The gross profit margin, which is profit on land sales activities after deducting costs, is forecast at 72.7 per cent of the total sales revenue in 2017-18 ... the gross profit margin target was 21.3 per cent in 2009-10 ... The more than threefold increase in profit margin cannot be accidental ...

Why has the ACT government's gross profit margin on land sales more than tripled?

MS BERRY: On the actual maths regarding the reasons why it has tripled, it is because the price of housing in the ACT has risen.

Opposition members interjecting

MS BERRY: Well, it has risen, and there are a number of things that the ACT government is doing to develop a housing policy in the ACT that will make a difference around making sure that people can get into homes and that their homes remain affordable.

Opposition members interjecting


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