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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1171 ..

Australian International Hotel School

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker. I took a question on notice yesterday from Mr Kaine regarding the review of the Australian International Hotel School and the breakdown of the origin of hotel school students. The review is expected to be completed by the end of this calendar year, but no particular date has been determined within that period. The breakdown of the student population of the school is: international students, 50 per cent; national students not from the ACT, 40 per cent; and ACT students, 10 per cent.

Housing statistics

MR MOORE: I might add something in answer to the question Mr Wood asked me. The budget papers and ownership agreement he mentioned predicted gradual loss of stock from ACT Housing as a result of the multiunit property plan, the redevelopment of Burnie Court, ongoing transfers to Community Housing, ACT Housing progressive divestment of older stock such as monocrete, weatherboard and fibro and other high maintenance properties, and the sale to tenant program. The losses of those are balanced to a substantial extent by stock replacement. You are looking at the sales side of things, not the replacement side and getting the net figure. When I am talking about the prediction of 200, I am talking about a net figure. I want to make that clear to you.

Disability funding

MR MOORE: On 29 November Mr Wood asked me about the Commonwealth-State Disability Agreement. I apologise that it has taken me so long to respond. I had put the response in my folder earlier and had covered it. He asked:

Can [the minister] tell me whether it is the case that both the Commonwealth-State Disability Agreement and the bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and the ACT exclude funding for the provision of services with a specialist clinical focus; for example, therapy services?

If that is so, would it be the case that, despite the ACT picking up some of the responsibility, the failure to obtain Commonwealth funding means that there are disabled people in the ACT whose quality of life suffers because funds for this purpose are consequently limited?

His supplementary question, which may have something to do with Mr Stefaniak, was:

... could you give a comment on whether there has been any study of unmet need as part of any examination of this?

The 1998-2002 Commonwealth-State Disability Agreement maintains the previous agreement's division between Commonwealth and territory government responsibilities for contributing funds to, administering and evaluating disability services. It also specifies that this agreement and any bilateral agreements do not apply to the provision of services with a specialist clinical focus, regardless of whether those services are provided to people eligible to receive services under this agreement. Therapy services are regarded as the responsibility of the state or territory.

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