Page 4051 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 30 November 2022

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MR BARR: The project investment in the building and renewing public housing program, together with the additional funding the ACT government has put it, and building on that, for the first time in 10 years, commonwealth funding is—

Opposition members interjecting

Mr Hanson: Point of order. Relevancy.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat Mr Barr.

Mr Hanson: The question is when will the dwellings get above 10,848 and I ask the Chief Minister to answer that question.

MADAM SPEAKER: The Chief Minister is indeed answering that.

MR BARR: The combination of the additional investment from the ACT government through the renewing public housing program, the additional budget funding we have provided plus the injection of capital that is coming from the commonwealth—

Mr Hanson: When? When? The question is when. So when does that happen?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, quite enough.

MR BARR: —will mean that over coming years—

Mr Hanson: Over the coming years.

MR BARR: Over the coming years, as the new housing is built, the total number of public housing dwellings in the territory will rise. Meanwhile, we have also been working with the community housing sector to see the total number of social housing properties increase as well. But again, only this side of the chamber is supportive of these sorts of policies—

Mr Hanson: You cut the number of public houses!

MR BARR: Because the Liberal Party has cut funding for housing in this country over 10 years in its time in office federally. We now have both levels of government working to expand affordable housing.

Mr Parton: On a point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat Mr Barr. Mr Parton.

Mr Parton: On a point of order of relevancy. This question has nothing to do with federal Liberal policy.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit yourself down.

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