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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 30 July 2019) . . Page.. 2400 ..

MRS JONES: Minister, why is it that every time I go and stand outside Mawson shops, yet another nurse from the emergency department who lives in the area comes up to me and tells me that she is appalled that there are staff assigned to the corridors and that the winter plan was so slow in getting going?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mrs Jones for the supplementary question. As I said in my response to the first question, this was the earliest start to an influenza season in the past 10 years. This has—

Mrs Jones interjecting—

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: In relation to the rest of the question, I refer Mrs Jones to previous answers.

Public housing—renewal program

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Can the minister provide an update on the start of the new public housing growth and renewal program?

MS BERRY: From 1 July this year—

Opposition members interjecting—

MS BERRY: I have only just started speaking today, Madam Speaker, and the first words out of my mouth—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members on my left, patience is running thin.

MS BERRY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. From 1 July this year the first $20 million of a $100 million investment kick-started the growth and renewal of public housing across Canberra.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: That is enough, Mr Hanson.

MS BERRY: Over the next five years 1,200 brand new homes will be built for current and future public housing tenants, replacing 1,000 of the older, less efficient homes and building an extra 200.

This is the single largest per capita investment in public housing in the country. This program will provide more modern homes for Canberrans who need long-term secure and affordable housing. Three hundred and forty-three of the 1,200 new dwellings are already in the planning, design or construction phase, with the rest of the homes to be developed over the next five years.

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