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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 6 Hansard (23 May) . . Page.. 1641..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

low to moderate income earners; to promote growth in the community housing sector; and to promote input to housing policy by consumers and representative non-government agencies. Inclusion of the Commonwealth-State Housing Agreement in the principal Act dates from before self-government and was the means of application of the agreement to the ACT. Because the ACT would be a signatory to any new agreement there is no further need for it to be included in legislation. Provision is made for tabling new agreements in the Assembly and for public inspection.

The other significant amendments relate to the financial administration of housing in the ACT. The prescriptive financial arrangements imposed by the Commonwealth in the current agreement are removed. This will allow the financial aspects of housing delivery to be administered in line with the ACT Government financial management reforms. I commend this Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Ms Reilly) adjourned.

COMMENTS ON ABC RADIO
Suspension of Standing Orders

MR BERRY (10.47): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to move a motion to suspend standing orders.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I move:

That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent Ms Horodny from producing evidence she mentioned in a statement on ABC radio yesterday or apologising to Members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Statements by Members

MR BERRY: I seek leave to make a short statement.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: Yesterday on ABC radio an announcer stated:

Green MLA Lucy Horodny has implied electorate donations and heavy lobbying from major commercial property owners has contributed to the defeat of her motion to place a moratorium on retail development in the ACT ... Ms Horodny says she's disappointed, but not surprised, the Labor and Liberal Parties have rejected the motion.


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