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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 March 2017) . . Page.. 1221 ..

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 12.23 to 2.30 pm.

Ministerial arrangements

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism and Major Events) (2.30): Minister Rattenbury will be absent from question time today and tomorrow. Questions for Minister Rattenbury’s portfolio on climate change and sustainability will be taken by Minister Gentleman; questions in Minister Rattenbury’s portfolios of justice, consumer affairs, road safety and corrections will be taken by the Attorney-General, Mr Ramsay; and questions in the mental health portfolio will be taken by the Minister for Health, Ms Fitzharris.

Questions without notice

Public housing—relocations

MR COE: I have a question for the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. In addition to the public housing sites announced on 15 March this year, minister, what other sites are under consideration or actually earmarked for public housing in the next 18 months?

MS BERRY: I thank the Leader of the Opposition for the question. I can provide some information about some of the public housing that is occurring to date and the suburbs that it is being developed in. We have the most recent announcement where public housing is being discussed for sites at Monash, Mawson, Chapman and Holder.

I might have to come back to the Assembly, because we have been developing, building and purchasing public housing all across the city, which is important because we want to make sure that residents in public housing have a good choice about where in the city they want to live. I think it is important that the Assembly is aware of where new public housing is being developed, so I will take some of that on notice and I will provide some more information to the Assembly on that.

MR COE: Minister, when purchasing properties off the plan from developers, what criteria do you use, given that there are, presumably, hundreds in the pipeline that might be suitable?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Coe for the supplementary question. There are a number of different criteria that are used through the expressions of interest that are put forward by the public housing renewal task force. I will get that detail and bring it back to the Assembly, for the information of members.

MR PARTON: Can I ask the minister: how many units or apartments have been purchased by the ACT government outside the light rail corridor?

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