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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 9 Hansard (22 August) . . Page.. 3440 ..


announcement. That was also in the discussion paper. I would encourage Mr Wall to have a read of what the discussion paper says. I would encourage Mr Wall to have a read of the Auditor-General's report. I would encourage Mr Wall to look at the evidence of what has been happening.

The government is very clear that what we are doing is maximising the benefit to the community. There is a privilege that clubs have in the operating of electronic gaming machines. We have announced today very clearly that, of the options that were provided in the discussion paper, without any particular preferred option, we have now decided which of the options in that section of the paper we will be following through. I encourage Mr Wall to look with anticipation at the strong benefits that are going to be coming to the broader community from this government's work.

MR PARTON: Minister, will you guarantee no retribution towards clubs as you did the last time that clubs stood up for their members?

MR RAMSAY: I reject the premise of the question.

Budget—housing and homelessness

Opposition members interjecting

MS CODY: Madam Speaker, I was just waiting to be able to hear my own voice, let alone the answer to my question. My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development: what initiatives in the 2018 ACT budget provide funding for better housing and homelessness services in the ACT?

Mr Coe: There was a speech on this yesterday.

MS BERRY: Good; I am glad you paid attention to the speech yesterday. I thank Ms Cody for the question.

Mr Coe: Well, read it again.

MS BERRY: I enjoy reading and talking about housing in the ACT to ensure the chamber hears what is going on in housing in the ACT. This year's budget is delivering tangible outcomes for the housing and homelessness sector and improving the level and quality of support provided. The government will continue to focus on early crisis intervention and prevent chronic homelessness for key groups, including women and children escaping domestic violence as well as migrant families, with front-line homelessness services to receive $6.5 million over four year. OneLink operating hours will be extended to improve the cooperation of services and responsiveness to Canberrans who are seeking help from accommodation services as well as other supports.

Some $2.1 million has been allocated to modernise Housing ACT's tenancy and application services. This upgrade will enable existing tenants and people to get access to essential services online and via their mobile devices, such as submitting applications and managing maintenance requests. I have already seen earlier versions


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