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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 20 May 1993) . . Page.. 1711 ..


MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY QUESTION

QUESTION NO. 679

Housing Trust Properties - Burnie Court

MR. CORNWELL - Asked the Minister for Housing and Community Services - In relation to the Ministers reply to question on notice No 595 about adults and children living at Burnie Court, Lyons, that "bedsitter accommodation is allocated to single persons" and the reply to question on notice No 592 where the Minister states "There is one child officially resident at Burnie Court as at 22 February 1993" -

(1) Which statement is correct.

(2) How is it that a single mother with two children was in residence at 19 February 1993 and at least two children were seen with their resident parents on the same day. (Redirected 13 May 1993).

MR. CONNOLLY - The answer to the Members question is as follows:

(1) & (2). Both statements are correct but I am not prepared to divulge the particular circumstances of a tenant as it would be a serious breach of the Privacy Act.

There are a wide variety of circumstances where children could legitimately reside with their parent in bedsitter accommodation. For example, some tenants may have access rights to their children who visit and reside temporarily with them from time to time.

As well, in extreme circumstances, the ACT Housing Trust may approve a tenant awaiting an allocation of alternative accommodation to have a child live with them for a short period of time.

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