Page 2528 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 1 August 2018
MS BERRY: I want to complete my answer by making it very clear to Mr Parton and the Canberra Liberals that homelessness has improved in the ACT. The ACT government has improved its support for homelessness and compared to the increase in the rest of the country the ACT’s homelessness numbers have gone down. That does not mean that the ACT government will stop responding—as we always will, as a good, socially progressive government—to ensure that we support people, whether they are sleeping rough, whether they are seeking housing or whether they are seeking a home to rent. Everybody deserves to have a home and the ACT government will continue to work on that. I look forward to releasing the housing and homelessness strategy later this year. (Time expired.)
MRS DUNNE: Minister, when will the government start releasing more land to ease the land affordability crisis in the ACT?
MS BERRY: We have just released a land release program. I draw the attention of members opposite to that.
Australian Labor Party—preselection
MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Chief Minister. I refer to two dirt sheets on a Labor preselection hopeful which were distributed to members of the Labor Party. One of these documents is reported to have possibly forged documents attached. A former ACT Labor minister said that only party officials or public officeholders including MLAs would have access to the memberships used to circulate these dirt sheets. Chief Minister, will you absolutely guarantee that no-one in your office was aware of or involved in the creation or distribution of this material?
MR BARR: Yes.
MISS C BURCH: Chief Minister, have police or other investigators spoken to any MLAs or their staff about possible involvement in the creation or distribution of this material?
MR BARR: I do not believe so, no.
MS LEE: Chief Minister, what actions have you taken to ensure that no member of your ministry, your caucus executive or MLAs’ staff were involved in the production or distribution of this material?
MR BARR: I am very confident in the integrity of everyone within the government, and I would have no reason to believe that anyone would be involved in such activities.
Mr Coe: A point of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order?