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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 April 2021) . . Page.. 969 ..


COVID-19 support funding with over $1.2 million through HOMEFRONT and rent relief.

Funding of over $8 million is allocated annually to arts organisations, community outreach funding, pop-up funding and special initiatives. While that, on the surface, is not directly to artists, that funding assists artists and flows directly through to artists in a variety of different ways. It is not easy to quantify but, for example, you could imagine that by allowing arts organisations to flourish they can put on exhibitions, artists can show work, tickets can be sold and that work can be purchased. So all of that ultimately goes to directly supporting artists.

Public housing—maintenance

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (3.02): I move:

That this Assembly

(1) notes:

(a) the importance of public housing residents’ reasonable entitlement to a dwelling that is structurally safe to live in;

(b) the Government’s obligation to provide public housing dwellings that are free of risks to the health and safety of their residents;

(c) the Government requires its public housing maintenance contractor to comply with rigorous standards for rectification of health and safety risks;

(d) in 2019-20, Housing ACT reported it had received more than 1,100 complaints related to maintenance and property condition issues, amounting to almost 42 percent of all complaints;

(e) many residents advise that neglect of their dwellings creates stress and fears for their safety particularly where they are living in dangerous or intimidating neighbourhoods;

(f) public housing tenants say they feel helpless and are being ignored when they seek help on fixing the poor condition of their dwellings; and

(g) significant numbers of public housing tenants are reaching out to their local members for help on remediating critical health and safety issues;

(2) further notes the Government:

(a) is allocating more than $650 million capital expenditure on new construction and public housing renewals, but at the same time, forcing some residents to live in unsatisfactory conditions; and

(b) has an ethical and social obligation to ensure its public housing tenants are living in safe and health compliant dwellings; and

(3) calls on the Government as a matter of urgency to:

(a) undertake a stocktake of its public housing to determine the condition of each dwelling;

(b) commit to a program to determine the actions and work required to rectify all dwellings that are in breach of, or below health and safety standards;


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