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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (6 May) . . Page.. 1596 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

Blocks for approximately 2,395 residential dwellings and 19 commercial sites are being prepared for release. In addition, a further 1,650 sites will be made release—ready to meet market conditions as required. The government will undertake the development and release of several sites which will be offered to individual buyers and small builders. Land will continue to be released through open and competitive processes, although tenders and direct sales may be considered for significant developments to encourage investment in the territory or to achieve specific business or community outcomes.

Over the next 12 months further sites suitable for aged care and accessible adaptable housing will be released to accommodate the increasing need of the territory's ageing population. The program continues to support the Gungahlin Town Centre and the Kingston Foreshore development, with further residential and commercial opportunities arising in both precincts. Releases will be made after close consultation with representatives from peak bodies, industry and community groups, and across government.

Status of Women in the ACT—Select Committee

Report—government response

MS GALLAGHER (Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, Minister for Women and Minister for Industrial Relations) (4.01): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

The Status of Women in the ACT—Select Committee Report presented 21 November 2002—Government response, dated May 2003.

The report of the Select Committee on the Status of Women in the ACT was presented to the Assembly on 21 November 2002. I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Deputy Speaker, I am pleased to table in the Assembly today the government's response to the report of the Select Committee on the Status of Women in the ACT. In the lead-up to the last election, this government committed to implement an agenda for the benefit of all women in the Canberra community. This included establishing a Legislative Assembly select committee to report on the effectiveness of existing programs and make recommendations for future priorities on issues affecting women. This Assembly agreed to the formation of the Select Committee on the Status of Women in November 2001. I chaired this committee and was fortunate to work with Ms Roslyn Dundas and Mrs Helen Cross to produce the final report.

The terms of reference for the inquiry were broad and included: inquiring into and reporting on the effectiveness of existing ACT government programs, including their differential impact on women's equality of opportunity, economic independence and security, access to and support of healthy lifestyles, and barriers to participation; violence prevention and personal and community safety for women; targeted support for women from specific groups within the community; and any other related matter.

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