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Planning—land release program

MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (3.18): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that the:

(a) ACT is in a housing crisis;

(b) ACT Government’s Indicative Land Release Program 2021-22 to 2025-26 dictates that:

(i) over the next five years, approximately 70 percent of the land for new housing delivered by the ACT Government will be for high density dwellings;

(ii) 25 percent will be land for detached housing; and

(iii) the remaining five percent will be for mid-density dwellings;

(2) further notes that:

(a) this approach is restricting Canberrans’ housing choices;

(b) it is not delivering a mix of housing typologies to meet demand; and

(c) lack of choice is pricing Canberrans out of the detached and mid-density housing markets; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) reframe the planned land release for the next five years to provide more options for mid-density and detached housing; and

(b) ensure the new planning regime will deliver the housing choices Canberrans want and need.

The ACT is in a housing crisis, and those opposite appear to be ignoring the reality. In the last sitting week we heard various members of this Labor-Greens government say that they recognise the housing crisis in Canberra, but only a few minutes later they voted to completely wipe this acknowledgement from my motion. I notice that Mr Gentleman’s amendment to my motion today also does the same, so no doubt the vote will be replicated.

Time and again we see Labor and the Greens shirk responsibility. I refer to the rising cost of living, the abysmal state of our roads and footpaths, our failing health system, the horrors we hear that are going on in our schools and health facilities—and the list goes on. It is no exception when it comes to the housing crisis that is happening right here, right now under their watch.

Let us be clear: Labor and the Greens have had more than 20 years to plan for the sustainable growth of our city—20 years to ensure that land supply meets the expectations of our community. They have failed our community, and they continue to fail our community.

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