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MS BERRY: But you are standing in the way of it, so this is the issue. I noted this morning that Mr Rattenbury said on ABC radio that they would like to have seen more investment in public housing, which boggled my mind because the federal Greens are standing in the way of more social and affordable housing funding. As I am allowed to provide more information—
Mr Davis: A point of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order?
Mr Davis: Madam Speaker, is it appropriate for ministers to bring new debating points when answering questions?
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Davis, sit down; there is no point of order. Ms Berry, you have the floor.
MS BERRY: Usually, I will grit my teeth and roll my eyes, but this is an important issue, when we have 3,147 people on the waiting list. I know that is something that greatly troubles me, as well as Minister Vassarotti, and we want to build more homes for people who need them most.
The Housing Australia Future Fund would bring some great opportunities here in the ACT to build even more social and affordable homes. We have already been in discussion with the federal government about how that funding could be spent, pending its flow to the ACT. I very respectfully ask the Canberra Liberals and the Canberra Greens to get out of my way so that I can build more houses.
Bail Amendment Bill 2023
Dr Paterson, pursuant to notice, presented the bill and its explanatory statement.
Title read by Clerk.
DR PATERSON (Murrumbidgee) (2.57): I move:
That this bill be agreed to in principle.
Today I present an important piece of legislation to the Assembly, the Bail Amendment Bill 2023. This bill seeks to shift the presumption of bail for three crimes. Currently, most crimes fall under presumption for bail, and some of these crimes that impact the community or cause the most significant harm either sit with a neutral presumption of bail—that is, no presumption—or a presumption against bail.
This amendment bill shifts the presumption to a neutral presumption for three crimes: culpable driving; driving at a police officer; and furious, reckless, dangerous driving.
I appreciate the opportunity through this bill to address a pressing public safety concern regarding dangerous driving in our community. I begin by expressing my deep conviction that there is a time imperative on this matter. Dangerous driving offences have plagued our community, presenting an all-too-common circumstance in