Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 6 Hansard (19 June) . . Page.. 2132..
MR CORBELL: It is a bit of a straw man, Mr Speaker. The National Capital Authority were implementing an amendment to the National Capital Plan based on a request from the territory government-that is why they did it-but it was quite clear that the National Capital Plan provided for an eastern or a western route for further investigation.
Mr Smyth: This removed the western route.
MR CORBELL: Of course they removed it, because you asked them to remove it and we had the most reasonable expectation that if we asked them to go with the other route which was identified as a potential route on both the Territory Plan and the National Capital Plan they would do us the same courtesy. They did not.
MS DUNDAS: My question is to the minister for housing. Minister, when an ACT Housing tenancy is terminated because one party to a joint tenancy leaves, does ACT Housing ensure that the remaining tenants can either remain in their home or be immediately transferred to a smaller property if there are no other grounds for terminating their tenancy?
MR WOOD: There is a range of issues involved and I know the case in which Ms Dundas has been a good advocate. I signed off on a letter last night, by the way, and on another one this morning, to other agencies and to the tenants themselves, so my knowledge is based on a quick briefing from that letter and another conversation. In this case, there is an issue about the lease, which is now no longer applicable because there had been a change and one of the people mentioned in the lease has left, so that has to be rectified.
A way was chosen to rectify that. That was also compounded by a rent issue. ACT Housing has chosen a way to proceed which I think will end in a good result. The two remaining tenants of the three on the lease are assured of accommodation. The process will not see them being evicted: the process will see them secure in accommodation and, we hope, at the end of this stage, in what we and everybody might regard as more appropriate accommodation.
MS DUNDAS: Minister, I do not think you answered the general question that I was asking and that was about ACT Housing ensuring that the remaining tenants can either remain in their home or be immediately transferred to a smaller property if there are no other grounds for terminating their tenancy. While I do welcome the information you have provided on this specific case, I am asking more broadly what the policy is if one party to a joint tenancy leaves.
MR WOOD: The broad policy is that we need a new lease. The circumstance arises not uncommonly where families break up, or where, of two or three people-usually of that order-one leaves the house, a pretty common arrangement, and where we need a new lease. As I say, that is the broad issue. In this circumstance, another factor was also involved.