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and assistance valued at up to $20,000, provided by an industry expert. Through the restart program eligible employers can receive up to $10,000 if they hire an eligible job seeker aged 50 or older.

There was quite a bit of conversation about whether you are a mature age worker at 50 or older or 60 or older or beyond, but I look forward to providing the Assembly with more detailed information on the outcomes of the roundtable.


MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing. Minister, in your Canberra Times opinion piece of 23 March, you wrote:

I have been along to barbecues where residents of Bega Court, Allawah Court and Owen Flats get together with Northside Community Services to share their thoughts and keep up-to-date on developments.

In contrast, residents of Owen flats have advised us that they have not seen you at one of their community barbecues. Minister, when did you go to a barbecue hosted by Northside Community Services at Owen flats?

MS BERRY: I can get back to Ms Lawder with the exact date, but I think it was in the second or third week that I was appointed Minister for Housing. When I was first appointed as Minister for Housing I expressed my concern that people were continuing to talk about tenants along Northbourne Avenue rather than talking to them. So I made that commitment that I would personally go and talk to them, and I did.

I have also had a phone call from at least one tenant who I have spoken to in person and I will continue to go and speak to tenants along Northbourne—at Bega and any other housing estates—where the LINCT group has been set up to support those tenants through this renewal process.

I happy to have had it reported to me that Ms Lawder has also attended a barbecue at Bega flats, I think. I welcome members of the opposition’s support for tenants in these flats. We will ensure that they get as much support as they can through what will probably be, for some of these people, quite a difficult time.

I am determined, as Minister for Housing, to ensure that they get all the support that they need through this process. I encourage members of the opposition to go along and meet with these people as well.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what have residents of Owen flats told you are their key concerns at the moment?

MS BERRY: The key concern for people who are living on Northbourne Avenue at the moment that I have had reported back to me is that they are receiving information

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