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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (8 August) . . Page.. 2583 ..

MR MOORE (continuing):

They were to come into effect, as they did, on the first day of the financial year. So no suitable contractor was available under those circumstances.

In light of this difficulty, and as an alternative strategy, ACT Housing resolved that minor repair work be undertaken to allow the property to be re-let as soon as possible. The property has been referred to a maintenance contractor, and it is expected to be available for tenanting within two weeks.

My Wood, you also asked the question about the disturbance of drunken parties, and so forth.

Mr Wood: You could have walked in there yesterday through the open front door, Michael. That was yesterday.

MR MOORE: It will be ready within 14 days. The contractor has been appointed, I am advised. Any Canberra residents whose peace is disturbed by drunken parties or unsavoury people causing trouble and grief should be encouraged to refer the matter to the Federal Police. It is the responsibility of the Federal Police. ACT Housing do not have a policing responsibility. Mr Wood, we appreciate the fact that you have made positive comments about the initiatives of the government to ensure that we work with people in a positive way where we can, and that is where we are going.

Mr Robbie Waterhouse

MR HUMPHRIES: In question time today Mr Rugendyke asked me if Mr Waterhouse had applied for a bookmakers licence. I am advised that he has not.

Budget forecasts

MR HUMPHRIES: In the course of answering a question from Mr Quinlan about the projection of a surplus, I asserted that Mr Quinlan had suggested that there was some doubt about the strength of the surplus. In a Canberra Times article of 2 May, in which I reported on a $12.3 million surplus being a reasonable buffer to protect the territory, Mr Quinlan is quoted as follows:

But the Labor Opposition was not so confident.

Labor Treasury spokesman Ted Quinlan said the Treasury projection was optimistic in light of much lower forecasts by Access Economics and the Melbourne Institute. He warned of a deficit if the projection was not met.

Gungahlin Drive

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have an answer for Ms Tucker about the fauna overpass. The main focus of it was the spur across the ridge, which will now not go ahead. With the removal of that spur the continuity of the fauna access was no longer effective, and with that in mind the decision was made not to build the overpass.

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