Jacqui Burke is doing her part to keep up the debate about ACT Housing with two releases out this morning.
The first (complete with Hansard transcriptions) applauds the government’s “backflip” regarding security of tenure. Mrs Burke says that
The ACT Opposition has asked many questions of the Government in the Legislative Assembly regarding security of tenure and the response has always been lifetime tenure.
Apparently the government has now decided to review this decision. Mrs Burke’s views on the matter are that,
“What we need is a system that is far more responsive and flexible to meeting the urgent needs of the most vulnerable in our community.
“Contrary to spurious claims made by the Greens and Labor, the Liberal Opposition would not evict people paying full market rent from their government house.”
Her other release tells anyone interested that ACT Housing does not have a list of all its properties.
“What the Government has admitted [says Mrs Burke] is that its Minister, at any given time, apparently cannot identify where all the public housing properties are within the ACT.”
Interestingly, the Liberals seem to make a lot of requests under the FoI Act whenever they want to know things. It could just be my inexperience in things politic, but I thought the government was supposed to give briefings to the opposition on various matters. Evidently ACT Housing isn’t one of these. And I wonder if the opposition has to pay as exorbitantly as the media for their FoI requests?