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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1951 ..

whoever has made a query on behalf of a constituent, but I can absolutely guarantee to the member that there is an immediate response, as soon as we have the information, to ensure that we are providing any support that we can, certainly through programs such as the Street to Home program. (Time expired.)

MR CAIN: Minister, is that increase in demand that you just mentioned more than proportionate to the population growth in the ACT?

MS VASSAROTTI: I thank Mr Cain for the question. We do think there are a number of drivers in relation to the demand for public housing. Certainly, the COVID-19 pandemic—

Mr Parton interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Ignore the interjection, Ms Vassarotti.

MS VASSAROTTI: That is one of the drivers that has seen an increase in demand. We have all seen significant issues around the housing market in the ACT. Like many other places in Australia, we are seeing an increase in house values that is putting significant pressure on the situation. There are a number of drivers—

Mrs Jones: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat.

MS VASSAROTTI: I have pretty well finished answering the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Your point of order?

Mrs Jones: It goes to relevance. The point was about whether the increase—

MADAM SPEAKER: What is the point of order, Mrs Jones?

Mrs Jones: The point of order is on relevance. The question was: is the increase in numbers commensurate with the increase in population? It has not been touched on at all yet by the minister.

MADAM SPEAKER: She is certainly within the scope of the response to homelessness services. Ms Vassarotti, you have some time left.

MS VASSAROTTI: What I was trying to explain was that there are other drivers separate to population growth that are driving some of the demand.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, let the minister answer the question.

MS VASSAROTTI: I feel that I have answered the question.

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