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also been a lot of debate about, “They do not care about the environment.” I have said and placed on the record previously, numerous times, that environmental factors, when you are talking about residential development, are a given. It is the responsibility of any local government that is in charge of residential development to make sure that the environmental factors are taken into account. That is why those feasibility studies exist.

Talk about urban sprawl. Why, then, has the ACT government purchased land in New South Wales? What is that for? Why, then, have they invested over $1 million in doing some feasibility study about residential for west edge? Why is that? They can throw whatever they want at us, but the reality is they know that they are failing the Canberra community when it comes to housing affordability, when it comes to housing choice. This is a government that is completely out of touch with the needs and wants of the Canberra community. They are completely delusional about what they can do to ensure that every Canberran has the opportunity to access a house of their choice. It is not choice when this government’s indicative land release program specifically dictates to the community: “70 per cent of you are going to be forced into apartments whether you like it or not.” That is not a choice!

The Canberra Liberals will always stand up for the Canberra community because we have not waved the white flag on home ownership in this city. We believe that every Canberran deserves the opportunity to continue to dream that they may one day own their own home. But this is a dream that is out of reach under the Labor-Greens government. We will not be supporting Mr Gentleman’s amendment.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 12

Noes 5

Ms Berry

Ms Orr

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Dr Paterson

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Lee

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mr Milligan

Ms Davidson

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Ms Vassarotti

Amendment agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.


Arts—federal funding

MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (4.44): Following question time

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