Page 485 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 16 February 2005

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It is the ACT government’s position that when the public housing tenants return to Pierces Creek—and that is the government’s strong desire—they should not only be able to move back into housing at Pierces Creek, they should also be able to own their houses. That is the position of every other public housing tenant and it is our intention in relation to those who would move again to Stromlo or Uriarra.

Will the Minister for Housing confirm what process tenants must go through to purchase the ACT public housing property in which they reside?

MR HARGREAVES: Is the member speaking on behalf of people at Pierces Creek, or is she talking about anybody at all?

Mrs Burke: No, just anyone.

MR HARGREAVES: Would you like me to outline the process that people go through when they apply for their own house? I will not do that today, Mrs Burke. I will take that question on notice.

Mrs Burke: Are you not able to?

MR HARGREAVES: I will not answer that question today. If want me to give you a briefing on a very lengthy process, please contact my office and I will expedite that for you.

MRS BURKE: I ask a supplementary question. Was the Chief Minister correct when he said yesterday that every public housing tenant is able to own the house in which they live?

MR STANHOPE: I might reply as that question was directed to me yesterday. I will respond to the question so far as it relates to Pierces Creek—a matter to which I was responding yesterday. Every resident of a house—

Mr Smyth: On a point of order: The question, which was directed to the housing minister, was whether or not the Chief Minister was correct in what he said yesterday to the Assembly. I cannot see how the Chief Minister can answer that question.

MR SPEAKER: Order! We went through this yesterday.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Will members let me respond to the point of order that has been raised? The Speaker usually gets a chance to respond to points of order. The question was raised yesterday as to whether the Chief Minister could deal with this issue. He dealt with it as part of the recovery process from the fires. The question related to public housing tenants. I cannot see any reason why the Chief Minister cannot follow up on a question that was raised yesterday. You might not want the Chief Minister to answer this question, but I think it is fair enough for him to answer it.

Mrs Burke: With respect, Mr Speaker, the point to the question that I just asked was that that is the position of every other public housing tenant. My question was: will the

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