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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1334 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

accommodation, maintaining existing rental accommodation if possible, or entering into long-term rental accommodation where possible. The service will allow homeless fathers with children to call a single telephone number to receive information.

Construction of a night shelter at Ainslie Village is scheduled for completion this month. A tender process to determine service providers will be managed by the alcohol and other drugs unit in the Department of Health and Community Care and should be completed by the end of this month. The night shelter will provide 17-bed short-term (up to three nights) no-cost crisis accommodation to people who are homeless. That will be available to single people aged over 18 years. While not accommodating young people, this service exemplifies the government's commitment to a range of supports.

The government will continue work in this area. We acknowledge that there is much to be done. It must happen in a broader context of ensuring our response to homelessness in general is effective. It is not just a housing issue. Homelessness occurs in the context of a complex set of circumstances, including domestic violence, mental health issues, substance misuse, sexual abuse and problem gambling.

Homelessness affects men, women, children, and people from all cultural backgrounds. It disproportionately affects indigenous people. We must be aware of the particular circumstances of each group and ensure that our systems are responsive, logical and effective for the whole community. We base a lot on the homeless strategy, which is well into the process of being developed, and we look for a framework to deliver a coordinated response.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Discharge of order of the day

MRS DUNNE (11.39): I seek leave to move a motion to discharge order of the day No 2, Assembly business.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I move:

That order of the day No 2, Assembly business, relating to the Government response to the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment's report No 9 on the Planning and Land Bill and associated legislation, be discharged from the Notice Paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders-consideration of Assembly business

Motion (by Mrs Dunne ) agreed to, with the concurrence of an absolute majority:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent

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