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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 05 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 May 2017) . . Page.. 1457 ..

effort. Many parents are very keen in school networks on social media because of how easy it is to check in, get information and provide views late in the evening after the kids have had dinner and gone to bed.

The government is going to be using some of these methods to bring the conversation to parents to make it easier for them to be involved. I am keen to see if social media can give parents easier interaction with some stimulus materials, including different formats that can capture their reactions and comments. I was excited to get help from the student congress with this task. At their meeting last week they presented me with the hash tag for our social media activity, education for the next generation, which will soon start emerging online.

Planning—public housing

MR PARTON: My question is directed to the Minister for Planning and Land Management and is in relation to the public housing developments announced on 15 March. Minister, section 87 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 outlines that a technical amendment is allowed if it is a variation to clarify the language in the territory plan if it does not change the substance of the plan. Minister, given that the public housing renewal task force knew they could not put public housing on community facility zoned land without amending the territory plan, what advice did you receive in relation to section 87 of the Planning and Development Act?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Parton for his question. Technical amendments have two functions. One is for administration; the other one is to make changes to the territory plan which supports changes in this regard to the technical amendment for supportive housing.

The inclusion of social housing under some common terminology for supportive housing was put forward in December 2015. It originated in March 2008 when that part of the territory plan came into operation containing supportive housing as permitted use in CFZ areas. The technical amendment to clarify social housing as a common term was notified on the legislation register, as I mentioned, in December 2015. The technical amendment underwent public notification for 20 days.

In this case the inclusion of social housing under some common terminology for supportive housing means the use of land for residential accommodation for persons in need of support, which is—

Ms Lawder: On a point of order as to relevance, Madam Speaker, the question specifically asked what advice the minister received relating to section 87.

MADAM SPEAKER: The minister, I think, is getting to use and the technical amendment, which was also a key part of the question.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, there was stuff in the preamble but the question was direct. It said, “What advice did the minister receive?” The standing orders require him to be directly relevant.

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