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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (2 April) . . Page.. 1273..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

would have been nice to know what the opposition's policy on this was, if they had one. Because Mrs Burke is so predisposed to Labor Party policy, I guess we can expect the Liberals to pick up our policy and run it as Liberal Party policy. I congratulate Mrs Burke for telling us that Labor Party policy is so wonderful. I guess she is just going to copy it.

I take issue with what Ms Dundas said. She indicated that she is going to oppose the motion. Therefore, it stands to reason that Ms Dundas does not note the high levels of demand for public and community housing in the Tuggeranong area. We have had numbers quoted on that one, but she still does not acknowledge it. She does not support the moves by the government to ensure that public and community housing is available in Tuggeranong. Therefore, she does not believe that the government ought to be providing any support for low-income people in the suburbs of Tuggeranong. That is an appalling state of affairs.

Ms Dundas says that she does not welcome the government's commitment to regular update and turnover of housing stock. What does she want to do? She wants to return to the good old days and build some public housing estates in Gungahlin, perhaps something like the multistorey flats at Collingwood, where people have significant drug problems in their tiny dog boxes. Is that what Ms Dundas is talking about?

Mrs Cross's hands are pointing east and west. I guess that is not because it is Easter. (Quorum formed.) I was giving the Democrats a tickle-up, because they were opposing the provision of decent community housing in Tuggeranong. Ms Dundas, in opposing this motion, is saying that she does not want to meet the high levels of demand in Tuggeranong.

Ms Dundas does not want to support the move of the government to ensure that public and community housing is available in Tuggeranong. I take that to mean that she does not want any government activity for community and public housing in Tuggeranong. She does not welcome the government's commitment to regularly update and turn over the housing stock.

What does she want for Tuggeranong? Does she want it returned to a sheep station? I find her opposition somewhat offensive. It is not surprising. It is appalling and offensive. I expect nothing else. She has not read the motion. If she had read the motion, she would see what goose she is making of herself by opposing it.

I commend the motion to the house.

Motion agreed to.

Deportation of East Timorese people

MRS CROSS (5.11): I move:

That, the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory:


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