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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 10 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 3204..

The homebuyer concession scheme, the rates deferral and pensioner duty concession schemes, together with this amendment, all contribute to improving housing affordability, encouraging the supply of new housing in the city. Ultimately, the only way to put downward pressure on prices and rents is to increase the supply of housing in the city. We simply need to build more houses, and targeting our incentives in this way ensures that there is a real fiscal incentive for new housing to be constructed, and to be constructed all over the city.

There will be new housing in Tuggeranong that will be eligible for both the homebuyer concession and this grant. There will be new housing in the inner areas of the city, in the inner south, in the inner north, in Belconnen, in Gungahlin, in Weston Creek. In all of the areas of this city there will be properties that will be eligible for both the first home owner grant and the homebuyer concession scheme extension. That opportunity will be available right across the city and, importantly, will be delivering new, more environmentally efficient housing across this city as a result of this amendment.

I thank members for their support.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.


Motion (by Mr Barr) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Catholic primary schools choir festival

Legislative Assembly—1,000 sittings

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo) (9.24): I am pleased to bring to the notice of this Assembly yet another worthy education-related community event, the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic primary schools choir festival. Yesterday, 14 August 2013, the second Catholic primary schools choir festival was held at Merici College, with 250 students and parents and teachers in attendance. The festival is gaining in profile from year to year.

This year, seven schools were in attendance: St Edmund's Junior School, Griffith, ACT; Marist College Junior School, Pearce, ACT; St Mary's Primary School, Moruya, New South Wales; St Bernard's Primary School, Batehaven, New South Wales; St Patrick's Primary School, Gundagai, New South Wales; St Patrick's Parish School, Cooma, New South Wales; and St Francis Xavier School, Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales.

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