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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 24 August 2010) . . Page.. 3802 ..


I asked her a question:

Minister, you referred to a couple of developments that have been finished. On what date were they handed over from the developer to Housing ACT …

She said:

The completed homes I refer to were in Macquarie and Curtin. The Macquarie applications are being assessed and letters will go out to those who are deemed suitable and acceptable.

She then, very confidently, very arrogantly—and perhaps being quite cocky as well—said:

I can get back to you on the exact date on the calendar with a red circle around the handover …

I did ask for it to be taken on notice, and she then said: “It is envisaged that construction will be completed by the end of September 2010.” That is in stark contrast to what she said on 19 August. “It is envisaged that construction will be completed by the end of September 2010 and the homes will be handed over to the department from 2010.”

On 19 August, she said:

The completed homes I refer to were in Macquarie and Curtin.

She is treating the place with contempt. She had an opportunity today to come into the chamber and to correct the record. She had an opportunity, but she did not take it. She very arrogantly told the house that it was definite. She told the house she would give me a calendar with a red circle around the date, yet she was wrong.

Now I want to know why the minister has not corrected the record. The usual convention is to do so at the earliest opportunity, if not at the end of question time. She had that opportunity today, and I would like the minister to respond—we will happily give her leave to do so—as to why she still has not corrected the record.

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Children and Young People, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for Women), by leave: I did put in a response to Alistair’s questions in this morning.

Mr Smyth: “Mr Coe”, please.

MS BURCH: Sorry; to Mr Coe’s question. I put that through this morning to the Clerk, because I was not quite sure about this afternoon, given that we were breaking at 3 o’clock. But, in regard to the question, I made comments about how work on sites had commenced. I also made comments about assessment processes and allocation processes so, if that has caused confusion, I do apologise.


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