Jenny Leong MP Asks the Minister About Safety Audits for Public Housing

Jenny Leong MP, Greens Member for Newtown has asked the Minister for Families and Communities to reassure residents of public housing in Redfern that their safety is assured following a recent fire.


Ms JENNY LEONG (Newtown) (15:16): There is a lot of male fragility in the House today. My question is—

The SPEAKER: Order! I warn the member for Newtown that her comment was totally inappropriate.

Ms JENNY LEONG: My question is directed to the Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services. Considering that safety audits in 2010 and 2017 identified that priority action was required for 125 George Street, Redfern, and last week a fire resulted in the tragic death of a resident, will the Minister explain what safety measures were implemented in response to the audits and what has been done since to address the safety and maintenance concerns of residents?

Mr GARETH WARD (KiamaMinister for Families, Communities and Disability Services) (15:17): I thank the member for Newtown for her question and I thank all members of the House for their concerns about social housing tenants. I extend my thoughts and prayers to those who were impacted by this terrible fire last Friday. I am sure all members of the House extend their condolences to the family and the neighbours for the loss of the person concerned. I have been briefed on this matter and the latest information I have is that Housing staff attended the day of the fire that the member references and all the neighbours who were affected were offered every support, including additional housing support. I advise the member that the Land and Housing Corporation will continue to work with my department to review the matter, but my latest advice is that as this matter is subject to a police investigation it would be inappropriate to comment at this time.

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