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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1351 ..

of conversations over a period of time. The conversations with the organisations that have been worked with so far in general have been with the Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Craft ACT, PhotoAccess, ArtSound FM, the Canberra Potters Society, the Canberra Glassworks, Megalo Print Studio + Gallery and M16 Artspace. I will take on notice the particulars about that time frame.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what role have artsACT, the economic development directorate and the LDA played in developing the Kingston arts precinct?

MR RAMSAY: It has been an ongoing consultative role to make sure that things are being worked through in relation to the arts organisations and ensuring that the future of the wonderful arts precinct that has been planned for the Kingston arts—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Do not respond to interjections would be my advice, minister.

MR RAMSAY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. It has been an ongoing role under the oversight of the Chief Minister in his role as Minister for Economic Development.

MS LEE: Minister, what discussion has occurred between the LDA, artsACT and the Economic Development Directorate regarding putting a hotel and childcare centre in the precinct?

MR RAMSAY: I will take that on notice.

Public housing—social benefits

MR STEEL: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, what contribution has public housing made to the development of Canberra as a strong and fair community, and how is the ACT government’s public housing renewal program continuing this record?

MS BERRY: I thank Mr Steel for the question. Given some of the exchanges this week, I think we should all be reminded that Canberra is a city founded on the idea of coming together as a community. We exist as a reflection of Australians deciding that they would work together so that all of us can enjoy our shared prosperity. And the people who built this city, who physically worked to bring about this goal, lived in public housing.

It is a legacy that has left Canberra with public housing scattered all across our suburbs. Successive ACT Labor governments have proudly maintained the most significant public housing system on a per capita basis in Australia, around double the national average.

People living in public housing contribute to local communities across Canberra every day, even if you do not know it. I recently heard an incredible example of our inclusiveness. As we have worked to relocate some families from tired old housing in Red Hill, we have been working with the Red Hill Primary School to support the

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