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done. She clearly referred to a subsidiary. I ask Ms Berry, in her time remaining, to come to the point of the question, which was about how Spotless allocates to subcontractors.

MS BERRY: The asset service team which is engaged to employ the subcontractor uses the same induction criteria as the other 83 subcontracting firms currently servicing the Spotless contract. It is subject to all the same policies and schedules of rates pricing.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Minister, why are these maintenance programs so important for our public housing stock?

MS BERRY: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. Maintenance of ACT public housing stock is very important for the ACT government. The ACT has the highest amount of ageing stock. That is why the ACT government is going through a significant renewal program which will replace over 1,200 Housing ACT dwellings. The government’s priority is to ensure that people in need of housing in the ACT receive the best quality housing that specifically meets their needs. So whilst maintenance of our existing properties is a high priority for the ACT government, so is the renewal of our ageing housing stock, to make sure that those most in need in our community get the best housing that meets their needs.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, why did Spotless not perform any work at individual public housing properties from 2009 to 2013?

MS BERRY: I will take that question on notice.


MS PORTER: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Ageing. Minister, could you please inform the Assembly about the topics discussed and the stakeholders involved in the recent ministerial roundtable on mature age workers?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Porter for her question. It is quite important for members to understand the work that has been done at the roundtable. We are working towards identifying some innovative solutions and programs to address the issues of employment for older Canberrans.

It was timely that the ACT ministerial mature age workers roundtable was held on Friday, 20 March, amidst ACT Seniors Week, a time when we recognise seniors for their important contribution to the continuing social and economic prosperity of our city. The primary focus of the roundtable was the emerging issue of mature age employment, an issue which will increasingly affect many older Australians. Our intent was to collectively focus upon the barriers that affect and impact upon mature age employment opportunities in the ACT and region. Key players from the ACT

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