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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 8 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 2930..


MR SPEAKER: In accordance with the standing orders, Mr Pratt is now suspended for three hours.

Mr Pratt thereupon withdrew from the chamber.

MR QUINLAN: Just to round off: yes, the government is concerned that there have been statements arising in relation to a number of issues where our opposition seems to believe that what appears to be a temporary increase in revenues should be factored into recurrent expenditure. That, I want to advise this house, would be folly in the extreme, and I do ask members to think a little more deeply than the immediate generosity they want to display to the people of Canberra on some issue or other at a particular time.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

Supplementary answers to questions without notice

Disabled persons

MR WOOD: Yesterday, Ms Dundas asked a question about a new footpath on Nyrang Street in Narrabundah. The Department of Urban Services has completed the design for this path, and provision has been made for wheelchair access. Construction is expected to be completed by the end of September 2003.

We regularly take calls on this sort of thing. The other day one of my staff members was driving along and saw a mobile scooter stuck across a gutter, so he stopped, got out and pushed it over. My office was able to see that that hollow was levelled out and made accessible during the week. We do respond to these issues.

Legal age for entering retirement units

MR CORBELL: On 25 June Mr Cornwell asked me a question in relation to the proposed supported housing development for the St Anne Convent site in Campbell. I have responded to Mr Cornwell separately, but for the purposes of the Hansard, I advise members that the ACT Planning and Land Authority has not ignored the community needs assessment prepared by the proponents of the St Anne Convent site. The assessment did not conclude an appropriate entry age for supportive housing on the site; it was the proponent who expressed a preference for the age to be set at 55 years.

With regard to the draft guidelines Mr Cornwell asked me about: it is important that we specify restrictions to the ongoing use of the site to ensure that the policy objectives for the provision of accommodation for the aged and infirm are achieved. By doing so, the ACT Planning and Land Authority is endeavouring to ensure that the proposal does not become just a de facto multi-unit housing development on a community facility site.

Bushfires-preparation

MS GALLAGHER: Yesterday during question time, Mrs Dunne asked me a question about the Department of Education, Youth and Family Services


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