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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 7 June 2017) . . Page.. 2014 ..


Public housing

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.10): I move:

That the Assembly order the production of the following documents in accordance with standing order 213A:

(1) Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee—Agenda Item 6: Land Supply (23 April 2015).

(2) Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee—Agenda Item 7: Land Supply (10 September 2015).

(3) Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee—Agenda Item 4: Land Supply (12 August 2015).

(4) Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee—Agenda Item 4: Land Supply (21 August 2015).

(5) Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee—Agenda Item 6: Land Supply (23 September 2016).

(6) Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee—Agenda Item 8: Land Supply (2 November 2016).

(7) Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee—Agenda Item 5.1: Land Supply and Purchase (21 February 2017).

Following on from Mr Parton’s motion earlier today and the discussion around the future of public housing in the ACT, I call on the Assembly to support this motion calling for the agenda items that have been listed before the Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee on a number of occasions through 2015, 2016 and 2017 to, once and for all and unequivocally, cast light on what the government’s intentions are when it comes to the future planning of public housing in the ACT.

As the Chief Minister stated in question time, it is clearly and unequivocally the government’s policy to continue identifying opportunities to build and provide more public housing across the territory. I think that in the public interest it is appropriate that the determinations, the information and the focus of the Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee be afforded the opportunity of some public scrutiny.

There is a clear process articulated in the standing orders to deal with this process. I find it hard to imagine that the agenda items that were put before a government committee are, in fact, privileged. But should they be, it will offer and afford the Chief Minister the opportunity to state that claim and have it presided over by an independent arbiter. I will leave the comments there, given that it is getting late into the afternoon.


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