Page 1944 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023

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MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. The point that both Mr Parton and Mr Hanson fail to understand is that policy is more than just one measure; it is a combination of a number of measures.

Mr Hanson interjecting

MR BARR: If you could remain quiet for even a nanosecond. I know it is against every instinct in your body, Mr Hanson, but, if you could just remain quiet—

Mr Hanson interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members will be warned very soon!

MR BARR: Supply, supply, supply, supply, supply—they are the top five priorities. Beyond that, regulatory intervention to knock the rough edges off the top of the market, to stop landlords egregiously increasingly rent beyond a reasonable level, combined with minimum rental standards form an effective policy that is holistic.

I know that both these two, Mr Hanson and Mr Parton, struggle to think beyond one idea. That is very clear in almost everything they put in the public arena on this and many other topics.

Mr Hanson interjecting

MR BARR: The serial interjector over there cannot even go 90 seconds without spouting rubbish.

MS CASTLEY: Chief Minister, can you rule out a two-year rent freeze as suggested by your Greens cabinet colleagues?

MR BARR: I do not think there is evidence to support a need for a two-year rent freeze. Why would you lock in at the top of the market when rents are falling? Rents are falling in the ACT. I believe a supply-led solution—first, second, third, fourth and fifth—together with the regulatory regime we have in place now is the right policy approach. So I am not pursing a two-year rent freeze.

Development—Bluetts Block

MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management. Minister, you made a decision to approve an exemption for an environmental impact statement for the deferred area next to Bluetts Block and the Western Edge investigation area. Nature does not stick to blocks and sections and suburbs, and this deferred area has the same environmental values as Bluetts Block. We have heard you speak repeatedly about conducting full environmental studies across the entire Western Edge, and there 59 submissions from the community raising concerns about the exemption before you granted it. Can you tell me why you approved an exemption for a full environmental impact statement for the deferred area?


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