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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1773..


MR QUINLAN (continuing):

opportunity will be taken to look at the broad spectrum of reforms in other jurisdictions, together with some issues unique to the ACT, to ascertain which could be adopted to bring about effective, positive cost outcomes without wholesale disenfranchisement of the majority of ACT claimants, most of whose claims are sound and valid.

The Civil Law (Wrongs) Act stages 2 and 3 reforms will address the whole personal injury infrastructure, not just public liability. Because the ACT is such a small jurisdiction, personal injury tort law reform cannot be limited to one segment of the territory's jurisprudence, lest efficiencies gained in one segment are lost in others.

Mr Speaker, I will continue to keep members informed of developments as they occur.

Paper

Mr Quinlan

presented the following paper:

Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation, pursuant to subsection 29 (3)-Canberra Tourism and Events Corporation-Quarterly Report- October to December 2002).

Affordable Housing Task Force-final report

Paper and statement by minister

MR WOOD

(Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for the Arts and Heritage and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (7.44): For the information of members, I present the following paper

Affordable Housing Taskforce-Final Report-"Strategies for Action"-Government Response, dated May 2003

I ask leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, in accordance with the amendment to the motion of 3 April 2003 passed by the Assembly-that this Assembly takes note of the paper and calls on the government (1) to prepare a comprehensive response to the task force report, and (2) table that response in the next sitting period-I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

People who experience housing stress are among the most marginalised and disadvantaged in the community. It is incumbent on government to do everything it possibly can to prevent housing stress, both by providing affordable housing itself and providing a framework to encourage the private sector to do so.

This is no easy task and is certainly not one that lends itself to immediate solutions. The task force made this quite clear in its report to government. The government is


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