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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (1 March) . . Page.. 459 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

The changes include different conditions applying to applications for a simple transfer to a dwelling with fewer bedrooms. The transfer will be treated in the same way as a new applicant, ranked for priority, et cetera. We understand that tenants are now permitted to transfer to a dwelling with fewer bedrooms. In fact, they receive an advantage in that they are deemed to meet the eligibility criteria for assistance under clause 5 (3).

I understand that members now have a copy of my amendments and I leave it to them to respond to those amendments. I seek leave to move my amendments together.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move:

(1) Omit the words "Omit all words after 'Assembly', substitute the following:" Substitute "After 'Program' in Mr Wood's original motion insert the following:".

(2) Before "amend clause 15", insert "and".

Amendments negatived.

MR SPEAKER: The question now is that Mr Moore's amendments be agreed to.

Mr Wood: Could you spell out what that entails? I am not sure that Ms Tucker understands that we have passed by her vote.

MR SPEAKER: We have.

MR MOORE (Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to explain exactly what my amendments entail? I did do it, but I seek leave to do it again.

Leave granted.

MR MOORE: Mr Speaker, now that Ms Tucker's amendments have failed, the amendments that I have put up will have the effect of removing all of Mr Wood's disallowance motion. His disallowance motion would have no effect whatsoever, with one minor exception. That minor exception is to do with the 17 and 18-year-olds-the eight or so of them across Canberra-who will not have to contribute to the rental of their own homes. That is the effect of my amendments. Effectively, they reject Mr Wood's disallowance motion. Had Ms Tucker's amendments been passed, but they have now failed, she claims that they would have allowed Mr Wood's motion to stand and to include mine in it. I have to say that I find difficulty in reading that into them. That is probably part of the reason why they failed.

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