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and quoting Mr Barr—

“We’ve found that even people who have registered for land ballots who won the ballot are not turning up to purchase their block … there are now blocks for sale over the counter.”

Mr Fitch said:

I took his words at face-value and visited the Suburban Land Agency site.

I expected to find dozens of unwanted blocks from the recent Whitlam and Jacka ballots. There were none—the only “over the counter” blocks were two on the edge of Oaks Estate.

Canberra’s housing crisis seems to be a political game for the Chief Minister. On December 20, 1995, The Canberra Times reported 13,717 public housing tenancies. The city’s population was then about 305,000.

The June 30, 2022, ACT Housing report claimed that there were about 11,060 occupied public housing properties (including those managed by community service providers). The population last June was about 460,000.

This deflecting, disingenuous, disgrace of the government has presided over not just a relative per-person decline in public housing numbers, but an absolute decline.

In 1995, there were about 45 public houses provided per 1000 people, now there are just 24. That is the reason so many in our community are denied an affordable roof over their head.

The responsibility for Canberra’s public housing crisis sits squarely with the Labor/greens government.

It is very encouraging to have members of our community going to the trouble to look behind the misleading words that come out of this government—misleading words indeed by the Chief Minister as recently as last Saturday in the Canberra Times.

Mr Steel: A point of order, Madam Speaker. Mr Cain has now on several occasions used a word that is unparliamentary; he knows that very well, and he should withdraw that.

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw “misleading”. If you want to use that word, it should be in a substantive motion.

MR CAIN: Madam Speaker, I withdraw the word that the Chief Minister was—

MADAM SPEAKER: Just withdraw it, with no explanation or further commentary.

MR CAIN: I withdraw “misleading”.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.09 pm until Tuesday, 29 August 2023 at 10 am.

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