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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 3966 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, members!

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson!

Housing—strategy

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is the Minister for Housing and Suburban development and relates to the government’s plan for review and evaluation of the housing strategy. Minister, will the housing strategy be subject to one or more publicly available reviews or evaluations?

MS BERRY: As I have said before in this places, the ACT government, in the development of a housing strategy, had a housing advisory group made up of a number of different organisations and representation from different parts of the sector, including ACT Property Group, architects, real estate agents, public housing tenants and community service organisations. That group will continue and will continue to review and assess the strategy as it is rolled out in the ACT.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, given that, to the best of my knowledge, that group has so far worked primarily on the development, what work is it currently doing on looking at the implementation and when will there be a public evaluation, presumably conducted by that group, of the implementation of the strategy?

MS BERRY: I will update the Assembly on the implementation of the strategy as required. That group is going through a stage right now of reviewing its role given that that role has changed. The strategy has been developed and now the implementation is occurring.

Government—cannabis legislation

MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for police. I refer to the front page of today’s Daily Telegraph with the headline “The joint’s gone mad”. The article states:

… there are now fears among NSW Police that the new laws could fuel our state’s spiralling drug crisis by making it easier for criminal gangs to transfer their massive pot crops up the Hume Hwy to Sydney.

Minister, what communication did you or your directorate have with New South Wales police about the implications of legalised cannabis in the ACT?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. I did not have any direct conversations with New South Wales police but certainly the Chief Police Officer did, and that helped inform his position in regard to the cannabis bill debated yesterday.

MR HANSON: Minister, what steps is the government taking to prevent trafficking of cannabis from legal growing in Canberra to illegal markets in Sydney, as has been highlighted by New South Wales Police?


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