Page 2142 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 2 August 2022

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With the addition of the federal government’s commitments to public housing, we will see more public housing dwellings built in the ACT—more than we have ever seen.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, it is hard to hear the minister respond to your questions if there is so much chatter.

MR PARTON: Minister, is it correct that there were 1,770 applicants on the waiting list in 2017, and in 2021 an additional thousand—2,880 applicants?

MS VASSAROTTI: I will respond to that. In terms of the waiting list figures, I will make sure that I give you the exact data. I do not have the data for 2017, but I can confirm that, on 30 June 2022, total applications on the waiting list were 3,060.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! You have a comment or you have a question? I will accept the question, not the comment.

Ms Lee: I have the next question. It is a question.


Government—land release program

MS LEE: Thank you, Madam Speaker. My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, last year you put out a land release program—this is the 2021-22 to 2025-26—with a target of 16,434 dwellings over five years. The indicative land release program for 2022-23 to 2026-27, released this year, has a target of 16,417 dwellings over five years. That is 17 fewer dwellings than last year. Minister, can you explain why the number of dwellings in your government’s planned land release program is now lower than last year?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, you are responding to this as planning minister?

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, thank you, Madam Speaker. The ILRP sits with me, to design each year with my cabinet colleagues. The 2022-23 budget delivers a range of important housing initiatives, including the government’s indicative land release program. The program plays a strategic role in catering for our population growth, building a compact, livable city, attracting investment in ACT land and of course strengthening our economic advantage in the ACT region.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members! It is getting close to being enough.

MR GENTLEMAN: The 2022-23 to 2026-27 indicative land release program

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