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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (31 October) . . Page.. 4544 ..


Ms Stephen-Smith: I did have a point of order about the interruptions but—

MADAM SPEAKER: You heard silence; so you thought you would sit down. Chief Minister.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. As I was saying, we do have the fastest rate of economic growth in Australia. We have very low unemployment and we have a very significant flow of new investment into the territory. We have more businesses operating now than we did three years ago.

Public housing—renewal program

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for housing and relates to the commitment to renew 1,000 homes. Minister, can you confirm that there will be the same sort of disposal of larger sites as has been done by the public housing renewal task force to date? If so, how will the government decide which properties it intends to sell and where the replacement properties will be located?

MS BERRY: No, it will not be exactly the same as the current renewal program, because the current renewal program is continuing, and it was designed, with the asset recycling initiative, to provide a funding boost to the ACT to deliver on its infrastructure project, specifically, light rail, which is coming along very well. The process for a future renewal program will be considered based on—

Ms Le Couteur: A point of order: could you please tell me something about the current program, which was the question?

MS BERRY: That was not the question.

Ms Le Couteur: No, the question was about—

MADAM SPEAKER: The point of order is about being relevant to the question.

MS BERRY: I did; I just said—

Members interjecting

MS BERRY: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, the question was whether I could confirm this. I said no, I would not, because the current program was running in a particular way.

Ms Le Couteur: Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat. A point of order? Stop the clock, thank you.

Ms Le Couteur: I said: how will the government decide which properties it intends to sell and where will the replacement properties be located? Could the minister please address the question?


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