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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2010) . . Page.. 2143 ..


MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. It is appropriate that we actually go through all the possibilities, all the options, that might deliver affordable housing in Molonglo, most particularly in Wright. You need to start with a basic understanding that 20 per cent of all houses and units that will be built—

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: The Chief Minister, thank you.

MR STANHOPE: in Molonglo will be affordable.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: Before you start, Mrs Dunne: Chief Minister, please do not make me raise my voice. When a point of order is taken I expect you to stop talking and let me take the point of order. Mrs Dunne. Stop the clocks, thank you.

Mrs Dunne: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The standing orders say that answers must be directly relevant to the question. The question was quite precise. The Chief Minister said, “I think that I need to give you all of this context.” That is essentially what he said when he responded to the last point of order. I ask you to ask him to be directly relevant to the question in accordance with the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, the question was specific. Perhaps you can answer the question as well as some context.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Clearly, my answer to this question—one does wonder aloud why it is that the Liberal Party do not want to hear about affordable housing. Why is it that they are embarrassed? What is it about OwnPlace and what is it about a national award that embarrasses the Liberal Party? What is it about the land rent scheme that embarrasses the Liberal Party? What is it about this government’s outstanding record of achievement in relation to every form of housing that is embarrassing to the Liberal Party? What is embarrassing and disconcerting is that we have succeeded like no other government in Australia has succeeded on this issue. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Ms Bresnan has a supplementary question.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Chief Minister, how does the ACT government factor into the housing plans the fact that the ACT has one of the highest levels of rental rebates for assistance in the country?

MR STANHOPE: I beg your pardon, Ms Bresnan; I did not catch the last part of your question. I am sorry; could you repeat it?

MS BRESNAN: My question was: how does the ACT government factor into their plans the fact that the ACT has one of the highest levels of rental rebates for assistance in the country?


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