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MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (12.13): I move amendment No 4 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 4093].

This is a very simple amendment. Clause 10 provides the definition and process for appointment by the speaker of the relevant Assembly committee referenced in clause 9A.

MR BARR (Kurrajong—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Climate Action, Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism) (12.13): Given we have just voted against the previous clause, this is redundant. So we will not be supporting this one either.

Amendment negatived.

Clause 10 agreed to.

Remainder of bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.14 to 2.00 pm.

Questions without notice

Whitlam—land release

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, how did the Suburban Land Agency determine the pricing for the latest Whitlam land ballot, where the median block price is $770,000 at 480 square metres?

MS BERRY: I will take some of the detail of that question on notice. However, land is priced and valued according to market.

MS LEE: Minister, can you rule out your government’s land release policy as a factor in why—or at least one of the reasons—land prices are so high?

MS BERRY: I think this is an issue that the whole country is experiencing. We understand that. Land supply is one of the factors affecting affordability of housing. We understand that. Here in the ACT we have never stopped developing land. We have continued to develop land at the pace we did previously, as we keep referring to—prior to COVID and prior to the various tax adjustments that were made federally. The approach that we had in the ACT was to continue, even when land was not being purchased. We had up to 600 land purchases available, which sold within two weeks after the COVID period.

This has been the case across the rest of the country. Now we have a housing minister and a Treasurer who are actually interested in addressing the housing affordability crisis in a range of different ways. We will continue to work closely together so that we can address that as a nation, including here, within the ACT.

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