Page 506 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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MRS DUNNE: Minister, why has it taken so long—since at least 2004—to resolve the issue of catchment management in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I refer the member to my previous answer.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, the matter dropped off the agenda for the Chief Executive Water Group for its meeting held on 3 November 2010. Has it re-emerged as an agenda item since then?

MR CORBELL: It would not be appropriate for me to comment on matters that will be the subject of cabinet consideration.

MR HANSON: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, when can we expect resolution of this issue?

MR CORBELL: Mr Speaker, I refer Mr Hanson to my earlier answer to Mrs Dunne’s question.

Long-stay caravan parks

MS BRESNAN: My question is to the Attorney-General and concerns the tenancy rights of people living in caravan parks. Minister, one of the key learnings from the situation at Narrabundah long-stay caravan park was that people living in or owning property in caravan parks across Canberra require improved legislative protection. However, no such legislation was mentioned last week in the Chief Minister’s 2012 legislative program. Minister, what work has been undertaken by the government to develop a bill around tenancy rights for people living in caravan parks?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Bresnan for the question. I can confirm that my directorate is preparing policy options for the government in relation to improving protections—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members.

MR CORBELL: I must have hit a sore point, Mr Speaker. The government is developing policy responses to this matter. It is the case that people who live in long-term accommodation, such as long-stay caravan parks, do not currently have the same level of statutory protection in terms of their tenancy or occupation arrangements as do people who live in accommodation that is covered by the Residential Tenancies Act. For that reason, a range of policy responses are being considered by my directorate. I expect further advice from them in due course.

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