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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 February 2022) . . Page.. 104 ..


Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Housing—affordability

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (4.22): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the ACT Council of Social Service indicated in a media release on 25 January this year that “This year’s ROGS highlights that the ACT Government’s current housing policies are failing to address the ongoing crisis”;

(b) the number of public housing dwellings in the ACT continues to fall and is below the number in 2012 (10 950) with the waitlist growing;

(c) dwelling condition has continued to decline with the amount of properties at an acceptable standard dropping from 80.2 percent to 73.4 percent for those without a disability;

(d) customer satisfaction rating has dropped from 29.6 percent very satisfied in 2018 to only 19.3 percent very satisfied in 2021;

(e) there are 164 fewer households in social housing in the ACT in 2021 compared to 2020, and this number is lower than a decade ago in 2012 (11 328) and its peak at 11 435 households in 2017;

(f) more than 30 percent of clients who approached homelessness services with a need for accommodation did not have their needs met; and

(g) the Government is neglecting those who are most vulnerable in the community and the lack of action is apparent; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) urgently review the implementation of its housing strategy;

(b) release the details and exact timeline of the delivery of all commitments in the Parliamentary and Governing Agreement which includes 400 additional public houses and 600 affordable rental dwellings;

(c) allow Community Housing Providers (CHPs) to address the shortfall of affordable homes through access to affordable land, rezoning to allow development by CHPs and rates exemptions; and

(d) report back to this Assembly by 31 March 2022.

Here we are again, standing in front of you, Madam Speaker, with colleagues on both sides of the chamber talking about the public and social housing crisis here in the ACT. I do not know how it is that members of the CLAG—the coalition of Labor and the Greens—can keep on trotting out publicly, as we are about to see again this afternoon from Ms Berry, that they are dealing with this. They say, “It’s okay; we are dealing with this. It’s all under control. It’s someone else’s fault and we are dealing with it.” How is it that the Greens housing minister can genuinely continue to suggest


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