Page 5414 - Week 14 - Thursday, 30 November 2017

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showcase are innovative housing design and delivery in real-world examples, as I talked about earlier, including infill compact housing, small homes, co-housing, mixed tenure, design-led, and long-term rental housing. Early next year the government will seek innovative development proposals that target a number of demonstration areas, including environmental performance, innovative design, innovative delivery of tenure, and affordability. Proposals will be evaluated and assessed in accordance with all relevant territory procurement and legislative requirements. Shortlisted proponents will be invited to submit a suggested site location and detailed design for their proposed development.

The second stage of the housing choices engagement, the collaboration hub, will play an important role in the assessment and selection of proposals. There will be a further opportunity to get involved during the development assessment process for each site. That will occur once we have completed the festival of Kim Bailey, which starts today, and when this discussion program is completed.

Justice—suspended sentences

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, the Victims of Crime Commissioner’s report on suspended sentences notes that the ACT is the only jurisdiction that allows suspended sentences for any offence, even serious assaults and child sex abuse cases. One example cited was of a man who breached his suspended sentence for domestic violence offences and was given a new suspended sentence with fewer conditions. Another was of a child sex offender who was given a suspended sentence even though the offences were committed while he was already serving suspended sentences for similar crimes. Attorney-General, will you now move to limit the availability of suspended sentences for serious crimes and child sex offences?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the member for his question. I start by briefly acknowledging the work of the Victims of Crime Commissioner, who is about to retire. I want to put on record the appreciation of the government for his strong work and his very strong advocacy in the area.

In relation to the question, as I mentioned earlier this week, I have already instructed my directorate to consult on this. We will be consulting and taking views across the profession, across the justice system—

Opposition members interjecting

Mr Gentleman: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. The minister is trying to answer the question. The opposition keep interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Please can you allow the minister to answer the question.

Mr Hanson: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, there has been very little interjection from the opposition. The minister is not being relevant. The question was quite clear: whether he would limit the availability of suspended sentences. He is not being directly relevant.

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