Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 05 Hansard (Wednesday, 1 June 2022) . . Page.. 1489 ..
and aims set under the indicative land release program, and that in the last program we met within one per cent of the development required under that indicative land release program, which is a significant effort given the challenges over the last couple of years in providing developable land for the ACT community, also reminding members of this place that the Suburban Land Agency and the ACT government provide two per cent of the land for housing and development in the ACT. I think that that is important to remember. However, the ACT government has not held back on its land development. In fact, it has increased its indicative land release program, and the Suburban Land Agency has not taken its foot off the accelerator, and has continued at the same pace, despite the challenges of COVID-19 over the last couple of years, and the bushfires before that.
That land development work will continue, with the development of land that the ACT government is responsible for. We have not held back like private developers can. We have continued to provide land to the ACT community, and we will continue to do that.
MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what do you say to the thousands of Canberrans who will not be able to get a block of land from this ballot?
MS BERRY: Again, as members of the opposition will understand, there are levers that are within the ACT government’s control with regard to land supply.
Ms Lee: Yes, land release!
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Lee, I have warned you; I am naming you. I move:
That Ms Lee be suspended from the service of the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Ms Lee was suspended at 2.44 pm for three sitting hours in accordance with standing order 204, and she withdrew from the chamber.
MADAM SPEAKER: Ms Berry, you may continue. You have a minute to go.
MS BERRY: As I was saying, the ACT government is continuing on with the levers that it has in its control with regard to land release. There are a lot of other complex issues that are affecting the ACT community, as well as the rest of Australia, with regard to affordability of land, and they includes interest rates and the tax levers that the federal government has in its control. We are continuing on with our job here in the ACT in the provision and supply of developable land, and we will continue to do that.
MR HANSON: I have a supplementary question. Minister, are you choosing not to release more land for detached housing because the Greens want over 70 per cent of people in high-density housing?
MS BERRY: No.