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budget approach. We are already seeing this new framework strengthening government decision making; assuring we are assessing and delivering against the areas of wellbeing and measuring our progress.

One of the important things within the environment is we know that it has benefits not just for the natural environment but also for our own wellbeing as well. Tools like the wellbeing framework are ensuring that we are capturing the benefits of our budget decisions, in terms of our own personal wellbeing, the health of the environment, and also our community wellbeing.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—reintegration centre

MR CAIN: My question is to the Attorney-General. In the 2019-20 ACT budget, the government promised a $35 million injection for the Alexander Maconochie Reintegration Centre, as a centrepiece of the justice reinvestment program. Yet, in yesterday’s budget there was no mention of it. Why have you abandoned the reintegration centre?

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that question goes to Mr Gentleman as Minister for Corrections.

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, that’s right, thank you Madam Speaker. Thank you, Mr Cain, for the question. Of course we continue to work on reintegration programs within the AMC, so those funds will continue to work through as we go forward and provide those supports for those people who are leaving AMC that want to move into those integration models—the TRC, for example—and assist them as they go back into the community.

MR CAIN: Minister, have you then abandoned the reintegration centre as a part of the justice reinvestment program, and where, in particular, is this $35 million going?

MR GENTLEMAN: No, we have not abandoned it at all. We are certainly working through—

Mr Cain: Then why wasn’t it in the budget?

MR GENTLEMAN: It was funded in the budget a couple of years ago.

MR HANSON: Minister, when will the reintegration centre be completed?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. We have been working on the reintegration centre. We note that the program itself has been underused the last couple of years, but we want to make sure that it is available. There are 20 spots in the TRC, and I have mentioned that the integration program itself does not have a limit on participants. The centre itself will continue to be worked on until it is complete.

Public housing—waiting list

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, there are currently 3,060 applications for public housing as of 4 July 2022,

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