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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (19 September) . . Page.. 3495..


Housing—land rent scheme

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Economic Development. Minister, you recently announced that work was underway for the new suburb of Lawson in Belconnen. On the LDA website, it is stated that for stage 1of the release, land rent will not be available to purchasers in the new development. Minister, why won't land rent be available in Lawson?

MR BARR: The application of the land rent scheme is the subject of legislative reform. I refer Mr Doszpot to that reform process.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, are there any other suburbs being developed where land rent will not be available?

MR BARR: That will vary from suburb to suburb. It depends on who is developing the area.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you update the Assembly on the land rent scheme?

MR BARR: The scheme has been very successful in allowing those who would otherwise not be able to enter into the housing market to enter into the housing market. That is what really annoys the Liberal Party. The key point that really gnaws away in their opposition to this scheme over six years is that it is working and it delivers an outcome for people they do not care about. That is exactly why we get the sorts of narky questions that we get—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR BARR: and a failure to support those who most need support to enter into the housing market. It is sad and pathetic that the Liberal Party, after all of these years, still cannot bring themselves to lend a hand to those who need assistance to enter into the housing market.

Ms Lawder: On a point of order, Madam Speaker—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down, Mr Barr. A point of order, Ms Lawder.

Ms Lawder: Madam Speaker, I refer to standing order 55 about imputations of improper motives. I refer to Mr Barr's comment that people on the Liberal Party side do not care about disadvantaged people.

MADAM SPEAKER: I uphold Ms Lawder's point of order and I ask you to withdraw.


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