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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 23 June 2021) . . Page.. 1953 ..


We are always striving for improvement in the delivery of upgrading public housing properties. So of course any time that my office, that Programmed or that Housing ACT has matters raised, each individual complaint or issue that is raised is investigated and appropriate action is taken to make sure that those issues are resolved.

DR PATERSON: Minister, could you outline some of the goals of the growth and renewal public housing program?

Mrs Jones: Point of order, Madam Speaker. The question was not about the matters that have been raised in the supplementary. They were not even mentioned in the substantial question or the answers to the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can you repeat your question, Dr Paterson.

DR PATERSON: Given all the questions on maintenance—

Mr Hanson: That is not what was said, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Dr Paterson.

DR PATERSON: I would like to hear about the goals of the growth and renewal public housing program.

Mr Rattenbury: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, a question has been asked about maintenance. It is quite plausible that the minister’s answer is going to be that that is why there is a significant renewal program. I think the question is entirely relevant.

MADAM SPEAKER: I understand—

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lee! The response was useful to an extent, Mr Rattenbury. I will allow the question and I will listen intently to the minister’s answer.

MS BERRY: The focus of the housing renewal and growth campaign is about upgrading and improving Canberra’s ageing public housing stock and, in doing so, supporting the broader renewal of Canberra’s city and urban areas.

Municipal services—swimming pools

MR BRADDOCK: My question is to Minister Berry regarding women-only swim times in public pools, and it was written by Nikos of Kaleen High School, who has worked in my office this week. My electorate has a diverse community, which includes women who, due to their ethnic background and/or religious belief, are seeking women-only swim times at pools. A trial was conducted in October last year at the Canberra Olympic Pool, which saw a large uptake. Royal Life Saving ACT has also expressed support for these separate times to allow women from culturally


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