Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 08 Hansard (Tuesday, 17 August 1993) . . Page.. 2385 ..
Question No. 777
Housing Trust Properties - Burnie Court
Mr Cornwell: To ask the Minister for Housing and Community Services - In relation to my question on notice No. 585 concerning crime rates and a permanent police presence at Burnie Court, Lyons and your reply "I do not believe it is in the public interest to provide the information sought by Mr Cornwell"
(1) Why is it not in the public interest to provide this information.
(2) Is it normal practice for the Follett Labor Government to deny an elected Member such information; and if so, what areas of responsibility should be avoided by elected Members to prevent a repetition of this response.
(3) Is this impeding a Member in his duties.
(4) Does the Government have something to hide in relation to crime rates at Burnie Court, Lyons.
If the reply to (4) is negative, will the Minister now answer, question on notice No. 585.
Mr Connolly: the answer to Mr Cornwells question is as follows:
(1) & (2) It is not in the public interest to release such information as it may result in unwarranted stigma being attached to ACT Housing Trust complexes and their residents. Furthermore, unnecessary fear may be generated amongst residents and the neighbouring community. Therefore, the Government believes that the release of such information would serve no genuine purpose and may only result in the situation being distorted. I am satisfied that all Australian governments would adopt such an approach in the circumstances.