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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 6 June 2017) . . Page.. 1916 ..

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Please resume your seat. Mr Coe, Mr Hanson, no more interjections.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. Ultimately it is the people of the ACT who have the opportunity to choose from a variety of candidates, in fact, in the last election, I believe, a record number of candidates. So we owe our positions in this place to the people who voted for us: the electors within each of our electorates.

MR WALL: Chief Minister, why have you allowed the governing party to be taken over by external influences such as the CFMEU?

MR BARR: Again I reject the premise of the question. The government today, in delivering our budget, is implementing the commitments we took to the people of Canberra a little over seven months ago. We remain focused on the things that matter to Canberrans: investing in the health and education—

Mr Coe interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, please.

MR BARR: of our fellow Canberrans, investing in the infrastructure that a growing city needs. This is a budget and a government that is focused on delivering a better Canberra and that is exactly what we will get on with doing over this parliamentary term. Those opposite might seek to dwell a little on the past four or five election results, and contemplate whether this sort of petty politics actually gets them anywhere at all.


MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the minister for housing and relates to women and children experiencing homelessness. Minister, it came to my attention recently that a woman escaping violence with children had no accommodation to go to. Minister, what advice have you told service providers to give when they talk to people who are unable to be accommodated?

MS BERRY: Of course, the homelessness service providers that provide support for women and children who are experiencing or escaping domestic and family violence are the experts in being able to provide that advice to those individuals. If Ms Le Couteur is aware of any people sleeping in their cars or experiencing domestic and family violence and who need support, the best place for them to get that support, first of all, will be through Housing ACT, to ensure that they get accommodation; then Housing ACT can ensure that they get the appropriate support services from services like the Domestic Violence Crisis Service and the Canberra Rape Crisis Centre.

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