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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 9 November 2021) . . Page.. 3163 ..

well as how to make our neighbourhoods vibrant and connected. That detailed, community-centred work has been underway within the Suburban Land Agency throughout this term, and it will continue. And the ACT government will continue to get on with the job of delivering its housing strategy, increasing social and affordable housing options for Canberrans who need it most. Thank you.

I move the following amendment:

Omit all text after “notes” first occurring, substitute:

“(a) there is a housing affordability crisis unfolding across the OECD, including in Australia. The ACT is not immune from this;

(b) higher-than-average incomes can hide the challenges lower income families can face in the private rental market;

(c) the CoreLogic Quarterly Rental Review published on 26 October 2021 indicated the ACT has the highest median rental price in Australia, at $633 per week; and

(d) SQM Research reports that, as of September 2021, the residential vacancy rate in the ACT was 0.8 percent;

(2) further notes:

(a) the 10th Assembly Parliamentary and Governing Agreement commits the Government to implementing policies designed to improve housing affordability;

(b) the strong ACT Government commitment to public housing and continued investment in the growth and renewal of public housing with $100 million committed in the 2021-2022 ACT Budget;

(c) the release of the Year 3 Report Card of the ACT Housing Strategy, built on thousands of community voices, implementing 74 actions to address housing and homelessness across the spectrum; and

(d) the commitment to increase specialist homelessness services with over $10 million committed over the last two budgets; and

(3) calls on the Government to:

(a) continue to implement the 10th Assembly Parliamentary and Governing Agreement;

(b) continue to lobby the Commonwealth Government to take measures to improve housing affordability, including to create a national housing and homelessness strategy;

(c) continue to implement the ACT Housing Strategy to support the growth of social, community and affordable housing; and

(d) review and assess the levers available to the ACT Government to address housing and rental affordability, as part of the ACT Housing Strategy and provide an update to the Assembly by the last sitting day in 2022.”

MR CAIN (Ginninderra) (4.01): I rise to speak against the amendment and in support of my colleague Mr Parton’s motion, because he has raised several important issues. It is not very hard to understand that the Labor government controls how much land for new housing is released into the market, particularly detached housing. It is rather

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