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the pockets of asset owners standing to benefit from rising prices rather than lifting up the disadvantaged.
Governments across Australia appear more interested in apportioning blame rather than constructive effort to fund reforms as evidenced by recent state and federal exchanges over supply vs federal tax incentives. Dr Cameron Murray has studied how Singapore has achieved a 90% home ownership rate through the provision of affordable housing supply for just 2.5% of budget expenditure. New 3-bedroom apartments in Singapore today sell for between $200-300K. Dr Murray explains how we could implement such an approach in Australia in his proposal HouseMate here: http://osf.io/nxq2u
Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to urgently implement Dr Murray’s HouseMate proposal in the ACT such that the ACT residential first home buyer demand is met by prioritised supply of free residential land and affordable developments through HouseMate ASAP.
The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.
The following responses to petitions have been lodged:
By Mr Steel, Minister for Transport and City Services, dated 23 August 2022 in response to a petition lodged by Ms Vassarotti on 1 June 2022, concerning a traffic impact assessment of Brigalow Street Lyneham.
The response read as follows:
Dear Mr Duncan
I refer to the letter of 1 June 2022 from the acting Clerk, Janice Rafferty, regarding petition 7-22, lodged by Ms Rebecca Vassarotti MLA regarding safe active travel to school in Lyneham.
The ACT Government established a School Safety Program in 2016 to work closely with schools, the community and stakeholders across the ACT Government to respond to traffic management and pedestrian safety concerns around schools. The School Safety Program is coordinating a response to the issues raised through this petition.
A consultant has been engaged by Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) to undertake a Traffic Impact Assessment (TIA) around Brindabella Christian College and Lyneham Primary School. The TIA will assess Brigalow Street in Lyneham near the two schools with respect to the traffic operation, safety and accessibility of vulnerable road users. The TIA will also assess the feasibility of alternative options, including the carpark entry at Brindabella Christian College.