Page 430 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 22 March 2022

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MR CAIN: Excuse me, Mr Assistant Speaker—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Hang on, Mr Cain; just one moment. Minister Berry, do you have a standing order which you reference, to assist the chair?

Ms Berry: Yes, I do. I am looking for it now, if you could just bear with me.

MR CAIN: Mr Assistant Speaker—

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Hang on, Mr Cain. I am asking Ms Berry to draw my attention to where the point of order has originated; then I will make a decision.

Ms Berry: It is under standing order 55, “Personal reflections”, which states:

All imputations of improper motives and all personal reflections on Members shall be considered highly disorderly.

MR CAIN: No, I reject that, Mr Assistant Speaker. I am just describing an approach to economics that seems to be held by the Chief Minister; simply put, “Barronomics”.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Minister Berry, I take your point. I will allow Mr Cain to continue. Mr Cain, now that we can all draw our attention to standing order 55, we would all agree that it was a mild skirt, so I will allow you to finish speaking, but I would ask you to keep standing order 55 in mind in future.

MR CAIN: Thank you, Mr Assistant Speaker; a very sensible approach, I would think. I was close to closing. I support Ms Lee’s motion wholeheartedly. The Canberra Liberals want to hear what Canberrans want. We are interested in their views. Surely, a responsible government should do the same.

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (3.34): I rise to speak in support of the amendment to the motion. We have discussed on many occasions that we are experiencing a housing affordability crisis. It is real, it is really affecting Canberrans and it is awful. It is not just being experienced here in the ACT; it is being experienced all across Australia.

This Australia-wide housing crisis means that we need solutions right across our nation. We cannot deal with it on our own. The crisis is multipronged. Simplistic framing and simplistic solutions are not going to work. We have heard a lot today about what the nature of the problem is. Some of the solutions we have rolled out, and there are some more solutions. I am pleased to be part of the government that is engaging in this in a mature and considered way.

We have also heard quite a bit about 70-30, and we have in our parliamentary and governing agreement a commitment that the ACT government should require at least 70 per cent of its new housing development to remain within Canberra’s existing urban footprint. This is really important. If we do not put limits on this, we will just end up with endless urban sprawl.

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