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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 399..

(4) The purpose of the Mandatory Housing Forums was to consult with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about housing needs in the ACT and to feed into the Annual Plan under the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Trilateral Housing Agreement. The Steering Committee under this Agreement will now use this information to identify short and long term priorities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing in the ACT.

(5) As at June 2003, 281 people self identified as being Indigenous. These people make up 150 of the 11,234 households accommodated in Housing ACT properties.

Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre

(Question No 1178)

Mr Smyth asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on Thursday, 11 December 2003:

In relation to the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre:

(1) In a press statement of 9 December 2003 you note that the ACT will contribute to the $100m Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre study into bushfire arson. How much of that $100m will be the ACT's contribution;

(2) When will this research project be complete;

(3) How will the ACT use the information contained in any final report.

Mr Wood

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

(1) The ACT will lead the bushfire arson research project and is committed to paying a cash contribution of $20,000 per year. In return, the Territory will be given cash contributions from the Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre of $39,000 in the first year and $62,000 in successive years. The research will be conducted with the Australian Institute of Criminology and in-kind support from both the Territory and the Institute has been estimated at $48,000 per year.

(2) The approved research plan spans four years, as follows:

December 2003-June 2004

- International and Australian literature review on research into the profile of bushfire arson and what works in treatment for known arsonists.

- Scoping the nature and types of bushfire arson data accessible in Australia. This is thought to be problematic due to both the poor state of some fire authority data systems and collections (eg some smaller rural fire services) and also because of the difficulty in proving arson in bushfire settings and the difficulty therefore of being able to determine with a degree of certainty that arson was the cause of a fire.

July 2004-December 2005

- Data collection begins on bushfire arson incidence.

- Offender interviews begin - conclude in December 2005.

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