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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 5 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1641 ..

MRS BURKE (continuing):

housing stock and that Labor would aim to maintain the current level of public housing as at the time of the 2001 election. Was that policy simply untrue and misleading, or does the answer lie in your own incompetencies?

MR WOOD: No, we leave that sort of thing to you. We leave it to you to mislead people. The situation is-we had this debate before lunch-that the people you were associated with in the last Assembly were on a deliberate campaign to reduce government housing numbers. I have ceased that. My clear policy was to aim to maintain stock-a very difficult task. As of my last report, I think that we are slightly ahead of that. These figures fluctuate from time to time, but we have done a great job in maintaining stock. That was our decision at that time. A lot of the stock is old and in need of replacement, repair or something else. Nevertheless, in the situation we face in Canberra today, it is important that people have a roof over their head. We are aiming to maintain stock.

Mrs Burke: What is happening to Currong? When is it going?

MR WOOD: Currong would have an impact, if it were to close. I do not know what is going to happen there at this stage; we are still working on it. Over 200 properties would disappear and, of course, we would never be able to replace that number if, and I say "if"very heavily, it were to be sold. That would have some impact. But we have maintained our commitment as we aim to maintain stock, and that is generally the case. It would be the first time over 18 months that that has happened after the 61/2 years of your rule.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Answers to questions on notice and supplementary answers to questions without notice

Question No 476

MS DUNDAS: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118A, I do not seem to have received an answer to question 476, directed to the Attorney-General on 12 March 2003, and due on 11 April 2003. Could the Attorney-General please provide an explanation?

MR STANHOPE: I apologise to Ms Dundas. I will investigate that matter and seek to have the question answered immediately, Mr Speaker.

Question Nos 448, 550, 587, 590, 592

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118A, I have question 448 on the white paper for Mr Quinlan, which is overdue. Four questions for Mr Corbell-550, 587, 590 and 592-are overdue. Mr Corbell has written and apologised on the last three. If we can have answers to those questions quickly, it would be appreciated.

Mrs Dunne also has two overdue questions.

MR SPEAKER: Order! I do not think it is open to you to raise issues for Mrs Dunne.

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