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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 August 2018) . . Page.. 3442 ..

I mentioned, we are delivering the election commitment to build another Common Ground in Dickson and developing the work for a purpose-built supportive housing facility and support services, such as MyHome. The housing and homelessness summit was held in October last year, where I participated in a range of conversations with the community. I look forward to releasing a new housing strategy later this year.

The government is delivering on the commitment for a second purpose-built Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older persons complex, strengthening support for specialist homelessness services for key cohorts and working with ACT Shelter to deliver a report on trauma-informed care.

There is also a commitment to fund professional development and training for specialist housing and homeless service providers. The government is delivering on the commitment to the Early Morning Centre in the provision of essential services. An amount of $100,000 was allocated to extend the operating hours at the Early Morning Centre.

Finally, the public housing renewal program is delivering on the government’s commitment to renew public housing in the ACT. As of July this year, the program had delivered a total of 780 new homes to public housing tenants in the ACT.

The government is delivering on its promises that it made through the ACT Labor Party’s election commitments and the parliamentary agreement. I look forward to seeing all these projects rolled out into the community.

Mr Barr: Madam Speaker, further questions can be placed on the notice paper.

Youth—P-plate driver restrictions

Debate resumed.

MR PETTERSSON (Yerrabi) (3.34): As a government, we must encourage young people to fully participate in our community, whether this be through their jobs, community activities, sporting events or social events. Unfair restrictions on young people do the opposite of this. That is why restricting P-plate drivers from driving between midnight and 5 am is unfair. That is why limiting the number of peers that a P-plater can drive is unfair. And that is why overly onerous logbook systems are unfair.

I am and will always be opposed to unnecessary burdens being placed on young people. Whilst as a government we should always prioritise the safety of all Canberrans, we should focus on practical community support and reforms, not radical knee-jerk policy changes.

There are many changes being considered—some good, some less so but all part of an important mix. A complete ban on young people driving at certain times tells young people that we do not trust them. If you think that 16-year-olds are mature enough to vote then surely 17-year-olds are mature enough to drive past the bedtimes of local politicians.

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