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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 8 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2912..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

The level of affordability of home purchase decreased markedly in the period from 2001 to 2006 throughout the ACT and is graphically displayed in the diagram below.

The reason is quite simple. The report continues:

The challenge for the Australian Capital Territory Government is to improve affordability for those entering the market without causing a price collapse in the wider market. Improving land supply and assessment processes and permitting changes to the mix and size of products that can be offered are all part of the steps that need to be taken.

The report goes on to discuss changes to the way land was released. It states:

A positive step has been a move by the Australian Capital Territory Government earlier in 2007 to allow englobo land sales to private developers—

That is a policy contrary to the former planning minister's view of a world in which it should only be done by the territory. There it is in black and white. There is the assessment. It is a condemnation of the former minister.

At 6.00 pm, in accordance with standing order 34, the debate was interrupted and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting. The motion for the adjournment of the Assembly was put.

Adjournment

Spastic Centre

Hon Margaret Reid AO

Mrs Vicki Dunne—comments

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for Disability and Housing, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections) (6.00): Mr Speaker, today I was fortunate to join with Mr Doszpot and go to the annual lunch at the Hellenic Club in support of the Spastic Centre.

A couple of points came out there that I thought I would bring to the community's attention. One was that the guest speaker, Jane Armstrong, was one of the most inspiring people that I have had the good fortune to hear from. She is a paralympian cyclist—Mr Speaker, you would be able to relate to that very easily—and she was particularly inspiring on what people can do who have a disability, particularly when they compete against people who are what we would now call able bodied. I was particularly impressed with that.

I was also impressed with the professionalism of the Spastic Centre in the way it has conducted its affairs over the last 60-plus years. We talked about how much money has actually been provided. Also, I was taken by the amount of support the Canberra community, through clubs and various other entities, have given.


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