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(c) whether these settings may contribute to the number of vacant properties in the ACT, specifically:

i. an evaluation of settings contributing to vacancies in residential, high density and suburban properties;

ii. an evaluation of settings contributing to vacancies in commercial and industrial properties;

(d) how reducing residential property vacancy could support housing and rental availability and affordability in the ACT;

(e) how reducing non-residential property vacancy could support improved economic outcomes in the ACT;

(f) whether additional economic and regulatory settings such as a vacancy tax should be considered; and

(g) any other related matters.

The committee will today call for public submissions.

Statement by chair

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (12.03): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I rise to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Economy and Gender and Economic Equality. As members will recall, pursuant to standing order 216, the committee resolved on 4 May 2021 to inquire into the future of the working week—in particular, what a four-day work week would look like and whether it is the future of work. The committee informed the Assembly of its decision on 13 May 2021.

The committee announced its call for written submissions on 16 June 2021. Members will also recall that the committee released a discussion paper on 16 June 2021, tabled on 23 June 2021, to assist individuals and organisations to prepare written submissions to its inquiry. The committee had originally called for submissions by Monday, 1 November 2021. The deadline was subsequently extended to 28 February 2022. The committee decided to extend the deadline for submissions at its meeting on 7 December 2021. The new deadline for submissions was close of business on 13 May 2022. The committee has again extended the deadline for submissions, now due on 28 October 2022.

Sitting suspended from 12.05 to 2.00 pm.

Questions without notice

Dhulwa Mental Health Unit—safety

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. The Canberra Times yesterday reported your announcement of an inquiry into Dhulwa mental health facility and that Matthew Daniel from the nurses’ union is seriously concerned that a nurse could lose their life on the job. You announced an independent inquiry, but you have not released any terms of reference, nor revealed who will conduct the inquiry, nor how long it will take. Minister, when will you release the terms of reference? How

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