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The Housing Trust has been most careful to take into account the concerns of the residents about the way they are constructed, as indeed the Housing Trust tends to bend over backwards to do. I think it is an appropriate time to give them credit for that. It was only on the weekend that I was reassuring somebody else looking at a Housing Trust development - this is something that I will discuss with the Minister later - that the Housing Trust will take into account their concerns and will bend over backwards to see what they can do.

Mr Deputy Speaker, I think that this variation is a very positive thing. It is a contribution to the community. It ensures that we do not have all public housing concentrated around Erindale Centre, as Mr Jensen would seem to want. It will keep public housing mixed in with private housing, as has been done almost right throughout Canberra with great success. We do not have the ghettos that Mr Jensen talked about, with the exception, of course, of Melba Flats which this Assembly as a whole - as I recall, without any dissent - agreed ought to be removed. That was when Mrs Grassby was Minister. But this is a very different situation and I think that it is a variation that deserves our support.

MR JENSEN (4.29), in reply: Mr Deputy Speaker, I note the comments of the members. I think it is important, as Mr Wood has said, to make some comments very briefly and to thank, on behalf of the people involved, the officers of the two departments who attended the discussions with the residents. Just to get the facts on the record, I was requested by the people who raised this issue to seek to make this change in the Assembly today, and that is what I have done.

Question resolved in the negative.


Report and Statement

MRS GRASSBY: Mr Deputy Speaker, I present report No. 22 of 1991 of the Standing Committee on the Scrutiny of Bills and Subordinate Legislation. I seek leave to make a brief statement on the report.

Leave granted.

MRS GRASSBY: The report I have presented contains the committee's comments on six pieces of subordinate legislation and 15 Bills and two government responses. I commend the report to the Assembly.

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