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Wednesday, 15 June 2011
Page: 3015

Sustainable Population Strategy

(Question No. 570)

Senator Ludlam asked the Minister representing the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, upon notice, on 4 April 2011:

(1) Can an update be provided of the department's work on the Sustainable Australia Plan.

(2) How will housing be included in the Plan.

(3) When will the Plan be released.

Senator Conroy: The Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) The Sustainable Population Strategy, Sustainable Australia - Sustainable Communities, was released on 13 May 2011 and links closely with other policies released in the Budget context, including the National Urban Policy and the Ministerial Statement on Investing in Regional Australia.

(2) One of the Government ' s key policy priorities is the availability of affordable housing. As such, housing is one of many iss ues considered in the Strategy.

(3) See response to question 1.