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days. The target is to reduce average vacancy times to 21 days or less. Vacant dwellings not requiring maintenance are, of course, reallocated much faster than this.

The reduction in maintenance time is now being matched by reduced allocation times. I can inform the house that, as of the first week of January 1991, there were 295 vacant dwellings, representing 2.4 per cent of total rental stock. Of that 295: 180 were in maintenance; 101 had been offered and accepted by applicants and were awaiting occupation; and 14 were in the process of being allocated. Excluding the Melba Flats activity, an additional 47 dwellings were being upgraded or redeveloped or were available for occupancy.

Mr Speaker, action taken to improve vacancy times includes secondment of experienced managers from the Australian Construction Services and the South Australian Housing Trust to review procedures; introduction of a new computerised system to monitor vacancies; collocation of housing inspectors with district officers, and that follows, as Mrs Grassby knows, a successful model developed at the Melba reconstruction site; streamlining of procedures for preparing dwellings for reallocation; the conduct of preallocation interviews with prospective tenants; prevacation inspections with tenants who are about to leave; and the introduction of a revised computer system for allocation in July 1990.

Macquarie Primary School

MR CONNOLLY: My question is directed to Mr Humphries, as Minister for Education. Minister, did you deliberately inflame the dispute with Cook parents by arranging for a spare room at the Independent Living Centre at Macquarie Primary School to be used as a storeroom only days before the commencement of the school year, in order to prevent the use of that room as a classroom?

Mr Collaery: He was not here. He was not in the country.

Ms Follett: Do you want to hand it over to Mr Duby?

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, as Mr Collaery has indicated, I was not even in the country, and I am very doubtful as to whether Mr Duby would do anything to deliberately inflame a dispute of that kind. So, I can only consider that that question is completely off beam. I am sure that all the measures taken at Macquarie school were designed to further the education of the students who were enrolling, or who expected to be enrolled there, this year.

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