Page 3007 - Week 07 - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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building. Work is ongoing at Farrer and will continue until the problem is resolved. A number of independent health inspections have been undertaken. A number of further engineering reports have been undertaken to ensure—

Mr Smyth: Why wasn’t the first one actioned?

MR BARR: All reports have been actioned, Mr Speaker. The Education and Training Directorate continues to work closely with the school community to resolve the issues in that ageing building.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Only one out of six was attended to, Mr Barr. Why did your department declare that the Ellyard building was safe for use two weeks before it was closed again this month?

MR BARR: The directorate did so on the basis of an independent health assessment.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, are you going to ensure that there is ongoing indoor air quality monitoring in place to ensure that the health of children and staff, particularly those with respiratory illnesses such as asthma, are safeguarded?

MR BARR: Yes, indeed. The health area are very actively involved in working with the education directorate on this matter and we will continue to very closely monitor the situation. Extensive works have been undertaken and there has of course been very close attention paid by a number of directorates within the ACT government.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Minister, when will the Ellyard building at Farrer primary school again be safe for use?

MR BARR: At the completion of the works that are currently underway, Mr Speaker.

Housing—waiting list

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and is about the public housing waiting list. Minister, a report released by the Ombudsman on Monday recommended that Housing ACT develop clear policies and guidelines about which applicant should be referred to the multi-disciplinary panel so that they can then be on the priority waiting list. The ACT government disagreed with the recommendation. Minister, why is it that Housing ACT caps the priority waiting list at 150 applicants and lets officers use their own judgement about which applicants are worst off rather than making the priority list available to all those applicants that meet appropriate criteria for risk and hardship?

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