Page 744 - Week 02 - Thursday, 10 March 2011

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MS LE COUTEUR: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, how much profit or surplus does the ACT government expect to make through the ABC redevelopment, and where will those funds go?

MS BURCH: Well, all funds secured through that redevelopment would be reinvested in social housing.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, how many public housing tenants are currently located at the site, and how many have expressly said that they are willing to move elsewhere?

MS BURCH: From my understanding, there are about 130 tenants in the sites there. Currong is housing students at the moment, and we manage that as student accommodation predominantly. I do not know the numbers explicitly about who is choosing to move and who is choosing to stay, but that is part of the ongoing conversation that DHCS and Housing ACT have with those tenants. If they have an interest in staying, they will certainly be supported in staying and arrangements will be in place over that transition period.

Those sites—that block will take a number of years to transition from what it is now into what it could be, so this is not something that will happen over the months. Those that are showing an interest in moving on, taking this as an opportunity to move to other accommodations, will be supported. For those that are expressing that interest now, DHCS and Housing ACT will be working with them to relocate them as they wish and as we find appropriate suitable property.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—drugs

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, yesterday in regard to missing drugs at the prison you said:

I had a conversation with my chief executive this morning about some concerns that a staff member has raised and they are being investigated.

Minister, what exactly are the concerns that have been raised and when exactly was the department or your office first made aware of these concerns?

MS GALLAGHER: Certainly I do not want to confirm that there are missing drugs at the AMC and I do not think my answer yesterday did that.

Opposition members interjecting—

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