Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1361 ..
MS BERRY: Thanks for that; that is charming. I said that I would get some detail back about the particular development that Mr Parton referred to.
Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, on relevance—
MS BERRY: There is no point of order.
Mr Hanson: If a development has 280 dwellings, and that is what the development application says—the minister is going to get back with an answer—I am asking: of that number of 280, how many of those could be public housing if it is still going to be in accordance with the salt and pepper strategy? Could all 280 be an appropriate number?
MS BERRY: No.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I think the minister indicated that she will come back to you with an answer on that so I do not think—
MS BERRY: I will, Madam Speaker; thank you. I am sorry to cut you off, but I did want to say that in relation to some of the high density housing that we are replacing—up to 400 in the city and 140 along Northbourne Avenue—those are the high density numbers of disadvantaged people in public housing that we want to avoid, whether it is public housing across the city sitting in single dwellings, multi-units, townhouses or multi-storey complexes. It depends very much on the type of housing and whether it meets the needs of tenants. It is about ensuring that it meets their needs and it is not that high density housing that we have in the city that creates issues around the disadvantaged all being stuck in one place. We want to make sure that they have the same chances as everyone else in the community. (Time expired.)
MRS JONES: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the Post and Ante Natal Depression Support and Information Group, PANDSI, will be moving from their Holder block, known as Stapylton House, or the old Holder preschool site, to make way for public housing. This move could double their rent. The president of PANDSI, Christine Spicer, said that the group was looking at fundraising to afford it. In May 2016 you advised me in writing that the government had no intention to redevelop Stapylton House. Those were your words: “no intention to redevelop Stapylton House”. In September you replied again, giving the same response. Given that representatives of Housing ACT in October 2015 presented at the Woden community council, speaking about plans to redevelop the site, why did you mislead me about the plans to redevelop the PANDSI site?
MR BARR: I did not, and the government is of course able to change its position and reach new determinations in relation to public housing development sites over time.
Mr Steel: A point of order, Madam Speaker. Mrs Jones used the word “mislead”. It is an unparliamentary word, and I would ask you to rule on that.