Page 973 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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MR STEEL: I thank the member for his question. The tool is still under development, but we do think that it will inform decision-making when we are looking at new play spaces. Based on their location, each play space is different. Whilst many play spaces were built with some standardised equipment, each location is different. There may be opportunities to extend play opportunities in each different location. As we look at that in the future, I think we will be certainly looking at a range of different play spaces around the community. We are not just looking at audits which are undertaken of every play space in the ACT to ensure safety. We are also looking at play value when we are looking at every play space in the ACT.

MR DAVIS: Minister, do you anticipate that the release and assessment of the play value index will change TCCS investment priorities to ensure there is more equitable distribution of play value across the ACT?

MR STEEL: Certainly one of the opportunities here is to assess what the current state of play spaces is in certain areas and whether that can be improved on. We know that in new greenfield areas we have fantastic new play spaces that have a range of different play elements that go beyond the “four Ss”—the seesaw, slide and other elements that were typically play spaces that were delivered in the 1970s. There is an opportunity to go beyond that in the future and to deliver more exciting play spaces that children want to use to get out in the outdoor environment and to develop their motor skills, fine motor skills and social skills in meeting with other families.

This is an exciting part of how we make decisions on playgrounds in the future. I am looking forward to it informing decision-making going forward, once the play space index is available.

Minister for Housing and Homelessness Services—conduct

MR PARTON: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services. Minister, Smiths Alternative hosted an event on March 19 called Canberra Conversations. The speakers were Christine Milne, Tim Hollo and Dr Tjanara Goreng, all Greens former candidates or Senators. Former Greens candidate Tim Hollo responded to a question on why you—and I am not saying the question was correct, but the question was as to why you were failing in your current role. He responded, in this public forum, by saying that the Labor party were not allowing you to function properly as a Minister. That they did not want you to succeed. Minister, have you discussed these matters with Mr Hollo? Were you aware of his public statements on March 19?

MS VASSAROTTI: Thank you for the question. Madam Speaker, I am not aware of that public meeting or those public comments. Mr Hollo is a member of the Greens that I occasionally speak to but I was not aware of those comments or what led him to making them.

MR PARTON: Is the Labor party making it difficult for you to perform your role as Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services?

Opposition members interjecting

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