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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 14 Hansard (10 December) . . Page.. 4120..

the public rental housing assistance program, as well as the introduction of a new rental bonds program to assist people in need to access rental housing on the private market.

I commend to this Assembly these current amendments to the program.

MR STEFANIAK: I seek leave to say something in relation to the last matter raised by Mr Wood.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I will have to look at exactly what Mr Wood is proposing there, but I would make the observation that we do have a crisis-the minister's own words-in public housing at present and we do have a waiting list which was around 3,000 or a little under that, I think, some 12 months ago, but is now up to 3,400. I am not going to comment further, Mr Speaker, without looking in detail at what Mr Wood is proposing. I note that the document has not been circulated. I will need to go and look at the determination. At this stage, I just wanted to make those comments. It is probably appropriate that I move for the debate on this matter to be adjourned.

MR SPEAKER: There is no question before the house, Mr Stefaniak, so such a motion would have no relevance.

MR WOOD (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services) (4.18): I present the following paper:

Public Rental Housing Assistance Program-Amendment to restore security of tenure to public tenants-Statement by Minister.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mr Stefaniak) adjourned to the next sitting.

Water resource strategy

Ministerial statement

MR WOOD (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services) (4.19): Mr Speaker, I ask for leave of the Assembly to make a ministerial statement concerning the development of a water resource strategy for the ACT.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, on World Environment Day in June, the Assembly passed a significant motion, at the instigation of Ms Tucker, about water management in the ACT. It called on the government to develop a water conservation and re-use strategy to ensure that the water needs resulting in any increase in population can be met as far as possible within existing capabilities.

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