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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (23 November) . . Page.. 2505..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

I do not have any qualms whatsoever about that. We are seeing, too, as I indicated to you in the Estimates Committee, very pleasing results in some of these inspections and drive-bys especially. We went through a few suburbs where some of the houses that were bad were houses in the private sector and there were no Housing Trust houses in that category. That is very pleasing indeed.

On your comments in relation to Charnwood rejuvenation, what on earth is wrong with that? Why not have the Housing Trust develop schemes that will rejuvenate a suburb?

Ms McRae: It is a bit late.

MR STEFANIAK: You were a bit late, too. You sat on your hands. You sat on your hands in relation to Charnwood High School. You talk about Charnwood High School. In six years it went from 640 down to about 200. You should have acted two years ago. I am not going to go back over old debates on that. We have said all that before, Ms McRae. That is absolute rubbish.

We have also reduced the time after which people can buy their own home from eight years' residence to five years' residence. There have been some very positive initiatives since this Government has been in office in terms of Housing Trust policy. I think they have been generally very well received. I might even throw in Tenant of the Month, too, Ms McRae. I will invite you to Tenant of the Year, which we will hold in March. We will have about 10 Tenants of the Month there. That is a scheme that is going very well. It is very important to acknowledge the very many tenants we have in our system who are excellent tenants, exemplary tenants. There have been a number of reforms and there will be ongoing reforms in terms of improving our client service, improving our debt management processes, and generally improving our service to the public and making sure that we run an efficient and effective operation, which I am pleased to see the Housing Trust is doing. There will be further reforms, too, Ms McRae. I would not pooh-pooh the idea of the Charnwood rejuvenation. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Department of Education and Training

Proposed expenditure - Division 180 - Government Schooling, $206,624,000

MR MOORE (1.28 am): Mr Speaker, I move:

Page 11, 1. Recurrent, omit "206,624,000", substitute "210,424,000".

MR SPEAKER: Mr Moore, amendment No. 1 proposes to increase the moneys appropriated to Division 180. The Assembly standing orders do not contain a prohibition on non-Executive members moving amendments that would transfer or alter the destination of moneys to be appropriated. However, they do prohibit non-Executive members moving an amendment to a money proposal, that is, "an enactment, vote or resolution for the appropriation of the public money of the Territory", if that amendment "would increase the amount of public money of the Territory to be appropriated".


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