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I have a feeling that that is not going to happen. I would certainly be reminding members of my electorate that the government has sought this land but is not willing to say what it is really going to do with it when it has an opportunity to tell the community, properly and appropriately, what it plans to do with the land on the CSIRO site.
In support of Ms Lee’s motion, and in closing, I would just say it is sad that, in light of the Winton survey and in light of the high demand for a small number of residential parcels, as we have seen over the last 18 months—and Ms Lee has mentioned just a couple of those—it would appear to me that this government is planning for profit. It is not planning for people; it is planning for revenue. It is not planning according to what Canberrans actually want.
MS BERRY (Ginninderra—Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Early Childhood Development, Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister for Women) (4.19), by leave: I just thought it would be appropriate to point out to the Canberra Liberals, and Mr Cain in particular, that they should pay attention when members speak to their motions or amendments to motions. They should pay attention to the facts that are provided as far as those motions or amendments are concerned and actually read the full body of the amendment and the actual motion in the first place. This is particularly so in relation to this land at CSIRO and the call from the Canberra Liberals, Mr Cain’s side of the Assembly, to build houses on this land. This was not my motion. This was not the Labor Party’s motion.
Mr Cain: Yes, but we say what we would like to happen on it.
MS BERRY: Yes, but my amendment says that we call on the federal government to release the land and if we are successful, as a parliament, in purchasing it—and that is a big if—through that process we will very carefully consult with the community.
Mr Cain: Well, I haven’t seen that before, Minister.
MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Cain!
MS BERRY: Through you, Mr Deputy Speaker, Mr Cain has not read the amendment. It says very clearly that we will consult very carefully with the existing members of our community. I mentioned in my speech earlier that decisions that might occur in relation to relevant environmental factors, affordable public housing priorities, related infrastructure and housing types will be informed by that consultation.
Mr Cain interjecting—
MR DEPUTY SPEAKER: Mr Cain! You have had your chance to speak.
MS BERRY: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I just thought it was very important to clarify that because Mr Cain, through you, was off on some other tangent which really