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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 10 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 September 2011) . . Page.. 4057 ..


But that house can no longer be used for care and protection use since, through Mrs Dunne, it has been identified as a care and protection property. I have instructed Housing that it will not be used for care and protection and we will source another property for Barnardos. I find it untenable to have a property identified, given this quite stressful and challenging sector of care and protection. But I do not want future placements there to be exposed to the risk of having any unhappy family or extended family seeking that place with the potential of finding their children.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary.

MR COE: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, when did Housing ACT first become aware of these issues and have they all been rectified? If yes, when were they rectified? If no, why, and which ones are outstanding?

MS BURCH: As I have said, Mr Coe, the hot water system has been replaced. Barnardos is responsible for the whitegoods and the beddings and it is my advice from Barnardos—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MS BURCH: It is my advice that it was early July that bedding and all that was done. They have provided me with copies of receipts and delivery through—I cannot remember what the furniture is; I cannot remember the dates but I know it was in July. But, as for the electricity board, that is a problem there. The property is empty, it will not be used and it certainly cannot be used, as I have said, for care and protection from here.

Mr Coe: Point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe, on a point of order.

Mr Coe: The question was: “When did Housing ACT first become aware of these issues”—not when were they addressed by Barnardos or by another—

MR SPEAKER: Minister Burch, the specific question, thank you.

MS BURCH: On the hot water, they became aware of it when they responded to a maintenance on 1 August. That is my understanding. That is my understanding: on 1 August they were drawn there from a leaking hot water system. Before that, I have a maintenance report which covers gardening, painting, repair of a smashed window, on various dates. If that is what you are asking, Mr Coe—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MS BURCH: I am quite happy to bring a maintenance list from Housing ACT—

Mr Coe interjecting—


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