Page 1312 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 27 March 2012

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MS HUNTER: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, what is the government’s view of the Common Ground projects in other states and whether this model will meet the needs here in the ACT?

MS BURCH: As I have just indicated, we recognise that the model is operating in other states. Some of them are quite new but those that have been established for a number of years do show a success. Some of the models are looking at integrated accommodation for those that are at risk of homelessness over the longer term with concierge services, with tenancies mixed of other low income earners so that you have a mixed tenancy within those models and they do all have merit.

Some of the Common Ground projects in other jurisdictions are large and have up to 100 units. I do not know if that size is what is required here in the ACT. But the report is finding its way to my office. Once it gets there, I will have good consideration of it.

MS LE COUTEUR: Supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Le Couteur.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, does the government think that the Common Ground proposal could cause any problems in the ACT despite the fact it has been successful elsewhere?

MS BURCH: I am not quite sure about “cause any problems”—

Ms Le Couteur: Would there be any problems with it?

MS BURCH: It depends on what the model is, where it is located, what is the intention of support, whether there are 24-hour concierge services and what are the other wraparound services that you give to a model such as this. Common Ground is about providing alternative accommodation for those that have really not been able to be supported in mainstream housing services, often, and it really is dependent on those wraparound services. As I have said, though, the report is finding its way to my office and I will look at it then.

University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, what is the current status of the Canberra university polytechnic?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question. I think the question is best directed to the University of Canberra.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, a supplementary question.

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