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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2010) . . Page.. 2140 ..

In terms of the application across all zones, I will need to take some advice from the authority. But, for those zones and those particular activities that interface most directly with nightlife and with other noisy activity, clearly a requirement to have a higher level of acoustic protection for adjoining properties is common sense and should indeed be applied.


MS PORTER: Mr Speaker, my question, through you, is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, the ACT government’s OwnPlace scheme recently won a national award. Can you please detail the importance of this initiative in the package of the ACT government’s housing affordability activities?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Porter for the question. It is a very important question on a very important issue. Of course, it is extremely pleasing for the ACT government that just last week we did receive this most significant accolade—in this instance, a national award from the Property Council of Australia, no less. The award from the Property Council of Australia was the national innovation and excellence award for government leadership in affordable housing, called OwnPlace—a very significant award by a significant national institution, recognising the ACT government as the leader in innovation in response to affordability and the leader, in its determination to deal with issues of affordable housing for residents of this jurisdiction.

Mr Coe: Who else in Canberra thinks housing is affordable?

MR STANHOPE: Here we have it again from the Liberal Party. It is interesting, is it not? It is not as if the Property Council of Australia was a rabid wine and cheese night, pinko, lefty mob supporting this side of politics. We are talking here about the Property Council of Australia, otherwise and in some circles known ungraciously as a daytime branch of the Liberal Party. I would never suggest that.

To put this in some context, this is the Property Council—

Mr Hanson: Why do you discredit them on the one hand and praise them on the other, Jon?

MR STANHOPE: I am not discrediting them. I am saying this is the Property Council, not of the ACT, of Australia last week awarding, suggesting, acknowledging the outstanding leadership of the ACT government in relation to affordable housing. It is an enormous credit to the Land Development Agency. It is an enormous credit to all of the builders that are associated with the Land Development Agency in the delivery of affordable housing—

Mr Coe: In Molonglo, $380,000—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, one moment please. Mr Coe, do not shout over the Chief Minister. Mr Hanson, you will have a chance to ask supplementaries in a moment. Chief Minister.

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