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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (8 May) . . Page.. 1841..

I am sure that the exact detail of the questions you have raised will also be examined as part of the Coronial process.

Housing-replacement stock

(Question No 645)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to public housing and further to your reply to Question on notice no. 410:

Is a document being prepared regarding capital works funding for replacement stock in ACT Housing, if so, when and where will it be available, if not, why not.

You have indicated that there will be new public housing stock established in Canberra before the election, what areas have been earmarked.

The Minister said it was 'not ACT Housing policy to reveal the site specific details of where it purchases'. Why is this so? Is this not public information, as public monies have been expended? Why will the Minister not release the information? If you still refuse to release this information can it be obtained through Freedom of Information, if not, why not.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

Please see the ownership agreement of the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services;

ACT Housing is acquiring new stock in areas determined by its wish to provide a public housing presence in all areas of the city and by the needs of people on the applicant list;

ACT Housing does not wish to stigmatise its stock or its tenants. As the information of properties acquired is available in the Titles Office (at a fee), it is unlikely that a request under the FOI Act 1989 would succeed. ACT Housing can confirm that the properties it buys are subject to an assessment of notional rate of return, a building report and an independent valuation.

Housing-waiting lists

(Question No 647)

Mrs Burke

asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

In relation to waiting lists for ACT Housing properties:

How many residents were on the public housing waiting list as at 1 May 2003.

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