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Thursday, 28 October 2010
Page: 1020

Senator McLUCAS (Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers) (11:38 AM) —In terms of the specific question on whether there has been an analysis of the level of delay, I will take that away and hopefully get some answer back to you. But I think this bill is trying to address the absolute need for Indigenous housing—something that I am sure you do not disagree with. This bill attempts to ensure that the goal of delivering housing for Indigenous people is a priority, but it also recognises that consultation has to occur—of course that has to happen.

COAG is committed to delivering a large amount of money to deal with the incredible overcrowding—which you are aware of and I am certainly aware of in my part of the world. There is $5.5 billion over 10 years and that is a very large amount of money. We want to make sure that we can provide good-quality housing for Indigenous people in a reasonable amount of time.

In terms of there being analysis of delay, I will come back to you with an answer on that.