Page 4062 - Week 09 - Thursday, 26 August 2010

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MR CORBELL: It is not surprising that the views of community sector organisations around corrections may differ from the views of Corrections ACT in relation to a range of matters. That is not an unusual set of affairs. It is always the case that I, as minister responsible, have due regard to the view of all stakeholders. I certainly listen to the views and the advice of Corrections ACT but I also listen to the views and advice of the community sector. And that will remain the case. Sometimes I will agree with community sector representatives, sometimes I will agree with the views of Corrections. That is the day-to-day job of being a minister.

Housing ACT—condition reports

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. Minister what is the purpose of undertaking condition assessments on all Housing ACT properties?

MS BURCH: Well, Housing ACT is the largest landlord in the ACT, with over eleven and a half thousand properties—going up to 12,000. I would have thought regular assessment of the properties is just good asset management.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, will the results of any condition audits be made public, and has funding been allocated to complete any repairs identified in these audits?

Government members interjecting—

MS BURCH: I know Housing ACT is going through—

Mr Seselja: We’ve got a whole cabinet answer now. They don’t trust—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Let us hear Minister Burch.

Mr Seselja: We’re getting answers from across the—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja!

Mr Seselja: I am sorry, Mr Speaker. Is it reasonable for ministers to be calling out answers?

MR SPEAKER: Are you taking a point of order, Mr Seselja?

Mr Seselja: I am. It is just not clear to me who is answering the question, Mr Speaker. We seem to be getting a whole range of ministers answering. We seem to be being called to order on—

Members interjecting—

Mr Seselja: I am seeking clarification on whether it is all right for us to yell back if ministers are able to yell out answers after questions are asked.

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