Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video

Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 5 April 2011) . . Page.. 1315 ..


employment for their own clients, as has been done in New South Wales where public housing tenants have formed a cleaning service for housing properties. This represents another opportunity that I think could be pursued here in the ACT.

With the intentional community, we should note that there are a range of housing opportunities that people see as being suitable for their children. I think we should take that into account when we are looking at what is appropriate for disability services. We should not take a one-size-fits-all approach when looking at the range of options. The intentional community does not, and it is positive to see that, but there are other families that are looking at pursuing a similar but different type of model. I think we need to consider that in our overall planning for disability housing.

The national disability strategy has a major focus on inclusion. That is something that we should see in all disability services that are applied. I thank the minister for raising this subject, because it is a very important one. We need to remember that there are areas where work is still required and that, as is always the case, it is no good having strategies and reports if they are not actually implemented.

Evidence Bill 2011

Debate resumed from 10 March 2011, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Motion (by Mrs Dunne) put:

That debate be adjourned.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 5

Noes 9

Mr Coe

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Doszpot

Ms Bresnan

Ms Hunter

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Stanhope

Ms Gallagher

Question so resolved in the negative.

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.10): Mr Speaker, the Canberra Liberals will oppose this bill, not because we are opposed to its intent but because we are opposed to this government’s management of the bill. Our opposition arises because of this government’s laziness in having no business to put on the Assembly’s agenda, and this is evidenced by the fact that, for the draft program for this sitting week, this ACT government could only find one bill to put forward for debate.

The Evidence Bill has been brought on at the last minute, only 3½ weeks after its introduction as a filler. This is here to fill up the government’s program. It has not been brought forward now on its merits or because there is a particular need. It was


Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Sittings . . . . PDF . . . . Video