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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 3968 ..

use that. Those amendments will reduce the harm for individuals who are already using cannabis, acknowledging that the outright prohibition can bring people into contact with—

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, a point of order on relevance.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, minister.

Mr Hanson: The question was very specific; it was about what laws are available, and what provisions under the laws passed yesterday would prevent crop sitters. It is not about harm minimisation; it is about the issue of crop sitters, as raised by the CPO.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think the minister has made reference to the fact that illegal activity remains illegal activity, but—

Mr Hanson: It is not; that is the point. It’s now legal, isn’t it, Madam Speaker?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, one more and you will be warned. I call the minister, in the time he has left.

MR GENTLEMAN: We did not change the Crimes Act yesterday at all, and trafficking remains unlawful.


MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. It is in relation to the building of affordable housing in Taylor. Minister, why are tenderers for the Taylor affordable housing expression of interest being required to pay market price for land designated as affordable housing?

MS BERRY: The land that is provided for affordable housing purchase and build in Taylor falls within the ACT government’s policy of providing that land for builders who meet the expression of interest requirements. There have been a number of meetings and consultations with builders and others who are interested in purchasing land to build affordable homes across the ACT, but particularly more recently in Taylor. As far as I am aware, I have not had any advice from those briefings with those builders that there were issues with that process or with the government’s requirements around affordable land purchase and build of homes by those organisations.

MR WALL: Minister, how can a quality building be constructed and sold as an affordable home when the market average block price in Taylor is already above the government’s price ceiling for affordable housing?

MS BERRY: As I said, there have been a number of briefings with builders and others who are interested in building affordable homes in the ACT for the community. That is the agreement that is made through the expression of interest process.

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