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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 22 November 2007) . . Page.. 3743 ..

Leave granted.

MR HARGREAVES: I thank the other three members of the house who are in the chamber; I know they all have an abiding interest in issues to do with housing. I was a bit disappointed—oh, hello, Mrs Burke.

Mrs Burke: Sorry.

MR HARGREAVES: Apologies accepted, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne): Mr Hargreaves, can you get on and make your statement and not make disorderly comments across the chamber.

MR HARGREAVES: I certainly will; I know you are anxious to hear it so I will get on with it.

This government recognises that it has a critical duty to target social housing to those members of the community who are most in need. Housing ACT has recently introduced a new initiative known as “housing now” to allocate low-demand dwellings to willing applicants on the housing register. Today I would like to outline the development of this strategy and inform the Assembly about its progress. On a serious note, I know that Mrs Burke has been critical of the government in terms of the turnover rate of vacant properties.

Mrs Burke: Lack of, yes.

MR HARGREAVES: Yes. She has been concerned about the turnover rate and has been critical of the government in relation to that. She will be very interested in the strategy that we are now using to address that turnover rate.

Mrs Burke: My pressure has worked then. I am doing my job; that is good.


MR HARGREAVES: I said quite sincerely that you will be very interested in hearing this.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, can you address the issue—

MR HARGREAVES: I was telling you that she was interested.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: rather than run a narrative like this?

MR HARGREAVES: I was telling you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker, how interested Mrs Burke was going to be.

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