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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 4316..


MRS BURKE (continuing):

in the field of homelessness, who would consult with the community sector, architects and homeless people. Minister, did you decide to investigate the CRASH model after I put out the media release and sent you the letter in early October, or was your department investigating the model before I brought it to public attention?

MR WOOD: That is a long introduction to a question. I can say emphatically that I had not heard of that scheme until it was raised locally. As to the department, it is concerned to explore all options to try to recover from the disastrous situation into which it was being led by the Liberals. The Liberals leading it down that path of disposing of public housing stock was not doing one thing to overcome the loss of upwards of 1,000 units-

Mrs Burke: That is not what I asked. I asked about the CRASH scheme. Listen!

MR SPEAKER: Order, members!

Mr Smyth: Point of order, Mr Speaker: standing order 118 (a) suggests that the minister must confine his answer to the subject of the question. The question was specifically about when his department started its investigation of the CRASH scheme. He may want to answer that.

MR WOOD: The approach of ACT Housing has changed under this administration. It is no longer under the instruction to sell off. We are maintaining the properties we have. I do not know when ACT Housing started to look at this issue. I will find out for you and I will give you an answer to that. My own view is that, if there is something of value there that may emerge. But it does not seem to me to be a proposal that will have very many legs in Canberra, which is a very different scene to that in Sydney.

MRS BURKE: The minister's answer was quite confusing, so I will ask the minister if he would outline to me when he decided to investigate the CRASH scheme: was it after I put out the media release and sent him the letter or before I brought it to public attention? Would he please let me know?

MR SPEAKER: I think the question has been fully answered.

MR WOOD: I do not know when, if and what, and I do not know the level of the investigation but, if there are any details to be discovered, I will locate them for you.

Community planning forums

MS DUNDAS: My question is to the Minister for Planning. Considering that the Belconnen LAPACs have ceased to operate and the community planning forums which, I understand, were scheduled to commence in October have not yet started and interested members of the community inquiring into the future of the CPFs are told that they will commence shortly, can you inform the Assembly of the current timetable for the commencement of the community planning forums in Belconnen?

MR CORBELL: I am currently reconsidering the appropriateness of continuing with community planning forums. The reason for that-


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