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MR HUMPHRIES (Attorney-General) (4.01), in reply: I thank members for their support for this Bill. As Mr Connolly indicated, there was a question about the operation of old orders under the repealed legislation; but the case is as he has described it. It should not present a problem if there are any orders in that category.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.
Bill agreed to.
LAND (PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT) (AMENDMENT) BILL 1995
Debate resumed from 4 May 1995, on motion by Mr Humphries:
That this Bill be agreed to in principle.
MS HORODNY (4.03): Mr Speaker, this issue of mobile homes raises many concerns surrounding land use and contractual arrangements. As patterns start to develop with respect to contractual arrangements in relation to mobile homes, it may be appropriate to consider regulatory measures. There may be a need for a code of practice for the mobile home industry. There is also the issue that we, as a society, must address about the desirability of promoting mobile home use. There are some good aspects about mobile homes in terms of flexibility and affordability; but there are also social concerns about the expansion of mobile home parks, particularly if they become an alternative to equitable housing programs and a good government housing stock.
Affordability of housing has decreased over the last decade, so we must tackle the issue of equity and access to housing as well. The existing base of community housing is very low in Australia compared with many other countries. We need to look at ways of expanding alternative housing options which do not create pockets of poverty. It may also be that the expansion of the availability of mobile homes also carries some serious environmental considerations. At a time when we are expecting a higher standard of housing in terms of energy needs, we must also look at whether mobile homes meet the environmental standards we expect. If, as may be the case, this Bill makes it more commercially attractive to establish mobile home parks, then this Assembly is likely to have to consider all these issues very carefully.