Page 2323 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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MR SMYTH: Minister, what concerns have been raised with you from any source about CFMEU intimidation on ACT building sites?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is similar to the question I answered yesterday: I have not had any formal response or formal position put to me in regard to intimidation at work sites in the building industry across the ACT.

Mr Smyth: So it has been informal, has it?

MR GENTLEMAN: That is in regard to informal as well. I have had nobody come to me and say, “We would like you to investigate intimidation on a work site in the ACT.”

Public housing—waiting list

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Housing. My question is based on the social housing waiting list as at 3 August 2015 published on your directorate’s website. Minister, why do applicants for emergency housing such as domestic violence victims have to wait for an average of 238 days?

MS BERRY: As Ms Lawder will know and as people in this Assembly will know, public housing in the ACT is targeted to those who are most in need and approximately 97 per cent of allocations for both public and community housing was made to households who are greatest in need in the period 2013-14. This is the highest of all jurisdictions. This is well in excess of the national average of approximately 75 per cent.

Ms Lawder: On a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock please.

Ms Lawder: My question is related to the proportion of people at crisis getting public housing and it related to the average waiting time of 238 days.

MADAM SPEAKER: You are making a point of order in relation to being directly relevant?

Ms Lawder: Yes.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think it is pretty early in the answer to see whether the minister is failing to be directly relevant but I will remind her of the provisions of the standing order and that the question was about the average 238-day wait on the waiting list, in answering the question. Minister Berry.

MS BERRY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Housing ACT works very hard to make sure that those people who are most in need, including women and families who have experience of domestic and family violence and sexual assaults, are supported if they are experiencing homelessness.

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