Page 2374 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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Inclusion and Equality) (5.27): With respect to Ms Lawder’s amendments to my proposed amendment, I was not referring to her amendments when I talked about a technical amendment. I was referring to my amended amendment in which “per capital” was changed to “per capita”. Just to be clear, I am happy to support Ms Lawder’s amendments.

Ms Lawder’s amendments to Ms Berry’s amendment agreed to.

MS LAWDER (Brindabella) (5.28): In closing, I will be quite brief. I say many times at many events that I truly believe that all of us here in this Assembly have a commitment, a desire and a willingness to reduce and prevent homelessness. I really believe that is the case. What we need to do is step up and implement those plans, strategies and actions that will make that happen, rather than keep talking about it. There are a number of very good opportunities that we can take to reduce and prevent homelessness. Without increasing the supply of affordable housing, we will never be able to address the extent of homelessness. That is not to say that housing on its own is sufficient, and I think Ms Berry has certainly made that point. You need to address the causes of why someone has become homeless and you need to give them the support they need to maintain a tenancy when you do put them back into housing.

Housing is not the only solution to homelessness but it is a very important first step to addressing homelessness. I urge the government to do whatever it can to increase the supply of affordable housing. It is the other side of the coin to homelessness. I thank everyone for their contributions to the debate today.

Ms Berry’s amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Capital metro—car park closure during construction

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.30): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the recent Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) completed for Capital Metro proposes the closure of the London Circuit (North-West) car park (the car park) for the entirety of the four year construction period;

(2) further notes that there has been much concern in the community regarding the closure of the car park because:

(a) there are currently 255 parking spaces provided by the car park;

(b) during business hours, the car park is routinely at 90-100% capacity;

(c) people with limited mobility frequently use the carpark to access medical and health treatment;

(d) the carpark is the most convenient location to park for solicitors and litigants entering the ACT Supreme Court or ACT Magistrates Court;

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