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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 March 2017) . . Page.. 790 ..

housing is that we would have had a concentration of mobility-limited residents in an aged-care facility who would have had some difficulty moving out of that area in the unfortunate event of another fire occurrence similar to 2003. With public housing tenants it is unlikely that there would be a concentration of mobility-limited residents within those areas.

Opposition members interjecting

MS BERRY: It is nice to make fun of everybody out there. That’s great. Good on you. Be assured that our public housing tenants, wherever they live in Canberra, are provided with all the support that they need if they need to take into account risk, if they live in an area that is at more risk of bushfire than other areas of the ACT.

MRS JONES: Minister, why is it acceptable to build in a fire risk area when they are public housing tenants but not when they are private tenants, as in the previously proposed development; and I know that you have been to some of that in the previous answer?

MS BERRY: It is as appropriate for public housing to be built as it is for private residences to be built anywhere across the ACT. In respect of bushfire abatement zones, the risk and the management of the ACT government in those areas, the best person to respond to that would be minister Mick Gentleman.

But as far as where we build houses and whom we build them for, it would be the same for anybody, whether they were privately built or whether they were built by the ACT government to give public housing tenants a choice about where they want to live in the ACT.

MS LAWDER: Minister, will any of the development in Chapman be supported housing for people with disability so that a proportion of the new dwellings will be accessible?

MS BERRY: I will have to check on the actual plans for that site, whether they will absolutely meet the guidelines and be either able to be modified or be accessible for people who have mobility issues or are of different abilities. I will check on that one for you. But most of our public housing renewal is able to be modified or is accessible for people with different needs.

Women—unequal pay

MS CODY: My question is to the Minister for Women. Minister, can you please advise the Assembly of the latest gender pay gap results?

MS BERRY: I thank Ms Cody for her question. We have had a long conversation about the gender pay gap in the ACT for some period. Members will have heard me speak this morning about the current state of play on a range of indicators relating to women. The general theme of what I said was that unless we are systemically applying actions to address the inequities that still exist for women—these are the social, economic, cultural and political inequities—we will not see real change for women and girls in our lifetime.

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