Page 1461 - Week 05 - Tuesday, 9 May 2017

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MADAM SPEAKER: Can you sit down. If you used the word “lie”, you will withdraw; unconditionally you will withdraw.

Mr Hanson: I withdraw. Am I withdrawing “lie” or “untruth”, though?

MADAM SPEAKER: You can put both on the table to withdraw, and you can sit yourself down now.

MR PARTON: Minister, is a four-week discussion period after the election sufficient consultation when you have known about this redevelopment for two years before the election?

MS BERRY: The conversation about public housing renewal has been going on for many years now. Leading up to the October election, we were absolutely firm on our commitment to ensure that those people in our community who need additional support, who need decent housing, are not in high density housing which provides them with fewer opportunities and chances than the rest of us have. That is why we have a public housing policy where we are renewing over 11 per cent of our public housing. That is the biggest renewal program that this city has ever seen. It is something that every single one of us should be proud of, not just those on this side of the chamber. Every single one of us in this chamber should be proud of the fact that we are trying to give a hand up to those people who most need it, and not to further—

Members interjecting—

MS BERRY: It is a shame it has got to this. I encourage members opposite not to say things that are going to inflame this conversation, which they have. And they do not deny it. We have seen it on Facebook and we have seen it in the Canberra Times. It sends a very clear message to the public housing tenants in this town that they are not welcome. From the Labor Party’s point of view and from the Greens party’s point of view, they absolutely are welcome in every single—

Members interjecting—

MS BERRY: We have an agreement that commits to public housing renewal and commits to a salt and pepper approach to public housing in every suburb across this city.

Community sector—government relationships

MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion. Minister, what is this government doing to support the ACT community sector to deliver programs and services more effectively and efficiently?

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. We all know, in this chamber, that the community sector is very important to the lives of many

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