Page 436 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 22 March 2022
Lastly, Ms Lee’s commitment in this motion will not impact house prices in existing suburbs. There is a simple factor of supply and demand in those suburbs, as I have talked about—location. The only way to moderate prices in these suburbs is for the federal government to act in their taxation policy. They must remove the incentives that favour investors and existing landholders, and they must provide opportunities for Canberrans to downsize and stay in their existing communities.
Currently, the federal government’s settings do not incentivise this. If you do not believe me then just have a look across Australia. The clear theme to affordability issues in existing suburbs is right across Australia. I will be reminding our constituents in the south about the Liberals’ commitment to bulldoze to the west of Murrumbidgee, and I will be out there reminding Canberrans that every nature reserve, park, green space and bushland they love will likely be bulldozed by the Canberra Liberals—
Ms Lee: Telling lies? Is that what you will be doing?
MR GENTLEMAN: and that this will not have any impact on any prices in existing suburbs.
Ms Lee: Telling lies.
MR GENTLEMAN: Mr Assistant Speaker, Ms Lee has just said that I will be telling lies to our Canberra community. You cannot do that in the middle of a debate. I would ask you to ask her to withdraw that.
Ms Lee: Mr Assistant Speaker, I accepted your ruling, when Mr Gentleman has gone on and on—
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Ms Lee—
Ms Lee: with complete mistruths about what I, apparently, have intentions to do.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Ms Lee, take a seat, please.
Ms Lee: And his time is up.
MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Take your seat. We have reached this situation because Minister Berry earlier brought up standing order 55 in a point of order. I ruled against Minister Berry, I ruled against you, Ms Lee, and I ruled against Mr Cain when he tried the same thing. However, on this occasion, I think the Leader of the Opposition knows that to call a colleague a liar in this place or to accuse them of lying—
Ms Lee: I did not call him a liar. I said, “Is that what you are going to be doing? Are you going to be lying?” He can answer the question.