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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 March 2017) . . Page.. 883 ..

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, minister. I have asked them to be quiet so that the minister can continue with his response.

MR RAMSAY: For example, the new legislation will give licensees and their staff a clear and explicit power to evict patrons who are intoxicated or unruly. The new provision will send the message that the government supports businesses that do the right thing. An explicit power to exclude people who pose a risk to themselves and others will mean that licensees and staff can deal more confidently with these difficult situations.

Additionally, the reforms will give the Commissioner for Fair Trading an explicit power to require a licensee to install CCTV cameras. These cameras can help prevent and help investigate—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock. On a point of order, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: I am asking if this is an announcement of policy or foreshadowing policy. The legislation has not been tabled; no-one has seen it. Can you please advise or rule on whether this is foreshadowing an announcement of policy?

MADAM SPEAKER: I believe the minister is informing the Assembly of the practices that are in place. Attorney.

MR RAMSAY: Madam Speaker, we look forward to diverting a moderate increase in fees to an education campaign about the health consequences of alcohol abuse and to ensure that the risks are appropriately carried by everyone involved.

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—aged-care facilities

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, in 2016 five two-bedroom units were completed for Indigenous older residents but, with the growing older population of Indigenous people in the ACT, there is not enough culturally appropriate housing. Minister, why is there a shortage of supply of housing and aged-care facilities for older Indigenous people?

MS BERRY: I thank you for the question, Mrs Kikkert. Yes, the ACT government made a commitment in the election last year for a further development for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander older people, and that commitment will be met in this term of government. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up around 900 residents who are public housing tenants, so we do provide housing for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community as part of our public housing stock.

MRS KIKKERT: Minister, how many more houses are planned that are culturally appropriate for Indigenous elderly and when will they become available? You mentioned this term, but when?

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