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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 3 Hansard (23 October) . . Page.. 4007..


: Mr Speaker, I have undertaken to take on notice and provide detailed information on the issue around any failings, perceived or otherwise, of those officials required to provide a mandatory report on suspicion or findings of abuse of a child. I'm not going to, in advance of the provision of that report to me or of the obtaining of advice on those issues, undertake to direct the disciplining of anybody. I think it is only appropriate that we now await the report that I have undertaken to provide to the Assembly.

Public housing


: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, and for police, Mr Wood. My question concerns the continuing problems with some public housing tenants and, in particular, two recent cases in which lives were put at risk. For the benefit of members, in an incident at Northbourne flats yesterday, a mother with two young daughters had to be relocated following her neighbour's disorderly conduct. The neighbour was taken away by police and appeared before the court.

Also, in recent days, I understand that a security guard at Currong flats was involved in a vicious knife attack.

Minister, there are many other tenants living in similarly threatening environments. What are you doing to address the safety and security needs of tenants in similar positions in our community?


: I have upstairs a media statement by Mr Smyth, from when he was housing minister, responding to exactly that sort of issue. He reported that housing, then, as now, was doing-

Mrs Dunne

: On a point of order-


: Do sit down.

Mrs Burke

: What are you going to do, Minister?


: You are going to get this answer. You can jump up every five seconds if you want to, but it is the answer you are going to get.


: Order, Mr Wood! Do you have a point of order, Mrs Dunne?


: It is this tactic again, Mr Speaker.

Mrs Dunne

: Standing order 118 (b), Mr Speaker: Mr Wood is debating the issue by referring to what the previous minister may have said or done in response to a direct question about what he would do.


: I think the minister is entitled to raise issues concerned with the administration of housing and put them into context.

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