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Wednesday, 6 May 2015

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


MS FITZHARRIS (Molonglo) (10.00): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) the important role that public housing plays in the lives of disadvantaged Canberrans;

(b) that public housing in the ACT is allocated to people with complex and urgent need for housing assistance; and

(c) that the ACT Government has committed to a program of public housing renewal over the next five years, which will replace older public housing with more efficient housing that better meets their needs;

(2) further notes:

(a) the Government’s policy for public housing to be, as much as possible, distributed across the city;

(b) that this policy allows public housing tenants to be integrated into communities, for children to attend schools across Canberra, and for tenants of all ages to have access to services, communities and support structures that meet their individual needs;

(c) that public housing tenants are supported with community based services to meet their individual needs and to ensure that they are able to sustain their tenancies; and

(d) that the Government works with local communities to ensure that the design and location of the housing is appropriate to individual locations;

(3) calls on the Assembly to affirm its support for public housing being integrated across Canberra’s suburbs; and

(4) calls on the Government to update the Assembly by no later than the last sitting day in 2015 on the replacement housing for tenants being relocated as part of the public housing renewal program.

I am pleased today to move this motion on public housing. This is a very important issue. The ACT government is committed to providing safe, affordable and appropriate housing that supports tenants and applicants in a sustainable way. And we can be proud that Canberra does more than most Australian communities to support

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