ACT public housing meeting notes to remain secret after Refshauge ruling

The ACT government will not have to release a swathe of documents about sites considered for future public housing after a decision by an independent legal arbiter.

Speaker Joy Burch referred a request by the Canberra Liberals to produce almost two years’ worth of meeting notes from the Public Housing Renewal Steering Committee to an external reviewer after Opposition MLAs cried foul.

The Liberals had asked for the documents under freedom of information laws, after an outcry over plans to build new public housing on land zoned for community use, but the notes that were released were heavily redacted.

The documents contained information about alternative sites considered for public housing the government plans to build in suburbs like Chapman and Mawson.

Housing spokesman Mark Parton last month called on the government to reveal how many blocks zoned as community facility land were earmarked for social housing.

His Liberal colleague Andrew Wall later invoked a special set of standing orders to try to force the full documents to be tabled in the Assembly.

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