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1,000 properties. So the properties we demolish we either rebuild or sell and replace with new properties that are more sustainable and meet the needs of people who live in public housing all across the city. With regard to that Wanniassa site I will have to take it on notice. However, I have spoken in this place last week around some of the challenges Housing ACT has been facing with regards to supply. Like every other construction project in the ACT, private and government, as a result of COVID, as a result of bank interest rates and as a result of the war in the Ukraine. This means there has been a restriction in supply and it has meant there are delays in construction projects all across the country and the ACT is not immune to that. As well as the La Nina weather pattern which has also meant delays in construction across the ACT and, again, public housing is not immune to that.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how many blocks throughout Canberra are standing empty awaiting new public housing developments?

MS BERRY: I can get that detail for you Ms Lawder. I just do not have it at my fingertips right at the moment. As you would know that is a fluid number so I can get you the information for the last week or the last month, however it changes as construction continues and homes are built across the suburbs. I will get the latest information I have and provide it to the Assembly.

MR PARTON: Minister, how many dwellings for desperate Canberrans could be built on those empty blocks?

MS BERRY: Again, Madam Speaker, I will refer the member to my previous answer.

Women—ACT Women’s Plan 2016-2026

DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Women. Minister, can you please provide an update on the progress of the ACT Women’s Plan 2016-2026?

MS BERRY: I thank Dr Paterson for her question. As member’s will know, the women’s plan was released in 2016, and it guides our work as we work together towards greater gender equality in the ACT. The women’s plan aims to remove barriers and enable women, girls and gender diverse people to reach their potential and participate fully in our community.

Many here may have asked, “Why isn’t there a men’s plan?” The statistics that are published by Our Watch are sobering, and that is why we have a women’s plan and why we need to address the issues around gender inequality in our community. Australia’s full-time gender pay gap is 14.8 per cent, with women earning on average $261.50 per week less than men. On average, women spend nearly 32 hours a week on household labour and caring, compared with 19 hours for men.

On average, one woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner. One in three women has experienced physical violence since the age of 15. One in five women has experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. One is four women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a former or current partner since the age of 15. One in four women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15. One in two women has experienced sexual harassment in

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