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MS BERRY: There will be changes in the supply and provision of public housing as we move through this program. Yes, at the moment there will be less public housing available. However, that number will grow, with our commitment to deliver 400, and with the potential of another 600 to be provided by the federal government, if they provide 600 on a per capita basis to the ACT, under their 30,000 additional social and public housing provision, which they have promised. That was never, ever committed to under the previous government. We did not even have a national housing plan.
I am very pleased that we will have a national housing plan. We have a Prime Minister who is committed to having skin in the game and playing their role as part of the supply of public housing across the country, because the ACT government has been doing the heavy lifting in this place for a number of years, and we will continue to do that. We will continue to do that because we are absolutely committed to making sure that people have the same chance as the rest of us to broaden their horizons and have a happy life that comes from having a decent roof over their heads.
MS LEE: Minister, when will your government provide enough homes for people on the waiting list?
MS BERRY: We will certainly be providing more than the Canberra Liberals ever did. Our commitment has been clear; it is our intention to supply public housing across the ACT—social housing, community housing and affordable rentals. That has been very clear in the announcements that the ACT government has made this week. Combined with the efforts of the federal Labor government, and under the new Labor Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, we will be able to make an impact across the ACT, and indeed across the country, with an additional 400 houses—
Ms Lee: A point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat. A point of order, Ms Lee?
Ms Lee: The question was pretty straightforward and very clear: when will the government provide enough housing? Can I ask that you ask the minister to be direct?
MADAM SPEAKER: She has been direct to the answer, as much as she can be.
MS BERRY: We have committed to, and we will deliver, more public housing in the ACT. We will grow and renew our housing, ensuring that people who do live in public housing live in housing that better suits their needs, that is sustainable now and well into the future.
Eating disorders residential centre—update
MR BRADDOCK: My question is to the Minister for Mental Health. Minister, can you please provide an update on work done to date on establishing a eating disorders residential clinic here in the ACT?
MS DAVIDSON: I thank the member for the question. I can provide an update. As I have previously talked about, a model of care for the eating disorders residential centre was endorsed in March 2021. A preferred site in Coombs was announced in