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MS VASSAROTTI (Kurrajong—Minister for the Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services and Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction) (11.41): I thank members for the comments they have made, and particularly Ms Orr, for ensuring that we keep within the protocols in terms of how the motion is moved.

Again, I think we are really lucky that we have our fantastic partners in Geoscience Australia, the Geological Society of Australia and the Australian Marine Sciences Association, and I thank them for their work in bringing this to this point. I also want to acknowledge the work that Minister Gentleman has done in getting it to this point. I thank members for their support.

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Economy and Gender and Economic Equality—Standing Committee

Request to consider

MR DAVIS (Brindabella) (11.42): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) property price rises in the last five years have outstripped the long-term average and have exacerbated issues of housing and rental affordability in the ACT;

(b) in 2018, after advocacy from former ACT Greens MLA, Caroline Le Couteur, the ACT Government extended land tax to vacant dwellings in addition to rented properties and included subsequent exemptions for certain properties which may have legitimate reasons for being vacant;

(c) the ACT has a rental vacancy rate below one percent which is increasing rent prices;

(d) the rental vacancy rate calculation does not include properties intentionally left vacant;

(e) artificial supply constraints such as leaving habitable dwellings intentionally vacant for speculative future gains are a contributing factor to the housing and rental affordability crisis;

(f) levying additional taxation upon intentionally vacant dwellings in line with the long-term average annual price increase of approximately five percent per annum of improved (market) value would make keeping residential dwellings intentionally vacant unprofitable, therefore bringing that housing supply back into the rental or housing market;

(g) the Queensland Greens campaigned on a five percent improved capital value vacancy levy for Brisbane City during the 2017 State election;

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