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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2010) . . Page.. 2142 ..


“Look, you just need to accept that there are some people in society who just should not dream of home ownership; they don’t deserve it. It is a class of people who have no right to expect that they will ever own a home.” So something as innovative as land rent was not to be contemplated. It was traduced. It was rubbished. We heard time and time again; I suffered motion after motion; there was an FOI request, in fact—another issue, which I think cost $36,000 to respond to—that Mr Seselja put in and never used. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how many of the blocks sold in Molonglo over the weekend were affordable for first home buyers?

MR STANHOPE: The blocks were auctioned—100 blocks. Of course, the 30,000-odd blocks that will eventually constitute Molonglo—

Mr Seselja: 100 blocks?

Mr Coe: How many, Jon? How many?

MR STANHOPE: It is a greenfields development. Twenty per cent of all blocks in Molonglo will be affordable.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on a point of order—

MR STANHOPE: Under the current definition, 20 per cent of all blocks that will be sold in Molonglo will be house and land packages or units of under $320,000.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Stanhope, thank you.

Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, on a point of order, the question was very specific. It was about the number of affordable houses which were sold at the auction on the weekend. The minister has not addressed that question.

MR SPEAKER: I am having some trouble hearing the Chief Minister over the din, but I am sure he is going to come to the question. The Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, the government has a policy—it is a policy that has now been recognised by the Property Council of Australia as the leading policy of any government in Australia—called OwnPlace. The OwnPlace scheme—

Mr Hanson: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, as to relevance. This was not a question about government policy. This was a specific question about the number of houses which were sold on the weekend and how many were affordable.

Mrs Dunne: And it needs to be directly relevant to the question.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, I did hear you the first time. I think you stood up about seven seconds after the Chief Minister started again. We need to give him a little bit of time to wind himself into the question. I expect he will answer it. The Chief Minister.


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