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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 5487..

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Economy—cost of living

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (10.01): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that, according to figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, since the election of the ACT Labor government:

(i) electricity prices have risen by 69.96 per cent;

(ii) water prices have risen by 106.08 per cent;

(iii) rents have risen by 54.81 per cent;

(iv) rates have risen by 75.00 per cent; and

(v) public transport costs have risen by 31.15 per cent;

(b) that according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, since March 2002 the median house prices in Canberra have risen from $245,000 to $550,000; and

(c) the threat to the cost of living by the government, including:

(i) continued wasteful spending in the budget such as spending another $26 million on the arboretum;

(ii) the government's solar feed-in tariff scheme which will cost each household $225 per year;

(iii) the cost blowout of the Cotter Dam project to $363 million;

(iv) poor management of the land release program and planning and infrastructure which is reducing housing affordability;

(v) the surrendering of half of the ACT's GST funding to the Commonwealth, which equates to $455.7 million; and

(vi) raising car parking fees in the city to $10.50 per day;

(2) condemns the ACT Labor government for placing increasing pressure on the family budget; and

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