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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4080..


MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Have you finished, Mr Pratt?

MR PRATT: No, I have not.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: Do you want to finish your statement?

MR PRATT: I do, thank you, Madam Temporary Deputy Speaker. So the question was asked. Consequently I invite the minister to come back here and apologise for misleading, before he is censured again.

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: All you need to do is set the record straight, Mr Pratt.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

Woden East Joint Venture—Ministerial statement, dated 6 December 2007.

Land release

Discussion of matter of public importance

MADAM TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) (3.51): Mr Speaker has received letters from Mrs Dunne, Dr Foskey, Mr Gentleman, Ms MacDonald, Mr Mulcahy, Mr Seselja, Mr Smyth and Mr Stefaniak proposing that matters of public importance be submitted to the Assembly. In accordance with standing order 79, Mr Speaker has determined that the matter proposed by Mr Seselja be submitted to the Assembly, namely:

Land release in the ACT.

MR SESELJA (Molonglo) (3.52): In 2004, then planning minister, Simon Corbell, made the following comment in the Assembly regarding the creation of the Land Development Agency:

Key aspects of the 2003-04 land release program include improved housing affordability with the government ensuring a fair supply of land at an affordable price whilst protecting the territory's major land assets, and the government, through the LDA, has created an aged care land bank to meet the needs of the aging population.

Just three years ago, the LDA was created to assist in the delivery of affordable land to the Canberra community. Where are we now? The government has completely failed to deliver on this critical aspect of community life.

According to the Demographia international housing affordability survey, nearly 90 per cent of the increase in housing costs is attributable to land price inflation,


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