Page 5552 - Week 13 - Thursday, 17 November 2011

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I do not think it is up to other members of this place to instruct other members about when and where they should issue media releases. If that is going to be the new standard, I look forward to the media releases from Mr Hanson and Mr Seselja about things that they have said that are incorrect.

MR SMYTH: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Smyth has the floor.

MR SMYTH: Chief Minister, what actions will you take to ensure that the minister does not wilfully and persistently mislead the community into the future?

MS GALLAGHER: The minister does not wilfully and persistently mislead the community. Like all of us, being human—and including every single one of you over there—when you make a mistake, the right thing to do is to correct the record. And the minister has done just that. Whenever it has been brought to his attention, and, indeed, for any of us, where a comment that we have made is incorrect, the responsibility is to come and correct the record. It is a shame that the obligations under the ministerial code of conduct do not seem to be applied or indeed are not included in the members’ code of conduct, because there are members in this place that do not have the same standards applied to them that are applied to ministers.

Public housing—Northbourne flats

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Housing. Minister, I am aware that last week you announced that John Wardle Architects was the winner of the design competition to revitalise the Northbourne flats. Can you provide the Assembly with some detail about the benefits this plan will bring for public housing and the broader Canberra community, please?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question. I was pleased to announce last week that John Wardle Architects had been chosen as the winner of the national design competition to redesign the public housing complex in Braddon and Turner known as the Northbourne flats.

The Community Services Directorate has already started discussions with the architects to engage them in developing their ideas into a scheme that can form the basis of a development application. The entry titled “Weave” was chosen from a field of 40, and the jury was unanimous in its decision to award first prize to John Wardle Architects.

I do not know how many members took the time to visit the entries which were on display or view the entries online, but Weave is an excellent addition to Northbourne Avenue, which is Canberra’s primary entry. It integrates with the surrounding streets and with Haig Park, a major green space in north Canberra. Weave shows approximately 900-plus units built on blocks of land which are presently occupied by 248 units. The scheme shows some of the existing buildings being retained and

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