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MR HANSON (Molonglo) (10.31): I thank Ms Bresnan, as the chair of the committee, the other members of the committee and the various secretaries that we have had. It has been the nature of the education committee that it has been a bit of a moving feast with both members and secretaries, which goes, in some way, to explain the delay in tabling this report.

Without going through the recommendations in detail, I think we all understand that the tertiary education sector in the ACT is very significant to our economy. It plays a vital role. A big element of that is attracting students to the ACT, not just from interstate but from overseas. At the moment a situation that is having a negative effect on the number of students that we can attract is the lack of suitable accommodation for those students. This report has endeavoured to inquire into ways in which we can improve that situation. There has been work done by our tertiary institutions, and I commend them for that, but there is certainly much more work that can be done.

Government members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson has the floor.

MR HANSON: My apologies, Mr Speaker. I was momentarily distracted by the giggling from Mr Barr and Mr Corbell and I could not quite understand what it was all about. Had they been opposition members they would probably have been warned.

In conclusion, I commend this report to the Assembly, but I note that there is much more that can be done and much more that needs to be done if we are to make sure that the tertiary sector in the ACT can be the contributor to our economy and to the fabric of our great city that it potentially can be.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee

Report 8

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (10.33): I present the following report:

Health, Community and Social Services—Standing Committee—Report 8—The Provision of Social Housing in the ACT, dated August 2012, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I move:

That the report be noted.

I would like to thank members of the Standing Committee on Health, Community and Social Services for their contribution to report 8 and, indeed, for their contributions over the past four years, especially the deputy chair, Ms Amanda Bresnan, who has

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