Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (19 November) . . Page.. 4369 ..
MRS DUNNE (continuing):
a clever capital and a creative city, why cause these people to go interstate when they could stay here if they just had a better experience of the housing stock?
There are many things that could be done. One of the things that the Liberal opposition has done, I am proud to say, is adopt a policy which would allow for the financing of energy-efficient measures in both privately owned and rented accommodation. It would make it possible for landowners who are landlords to actually make an investment and get a return on it. At the moment there is no incentive. It is not the only incentive system that is around, but so far it is the best one that I have seen. I am proud that the Liberal opposition has adopted it as part of its policy for the next election, and that it will be implementing it come November 2004. I commend the motion and encourage members to support it.
MS DUNDAS (6.21), in reply: I thank members for their contribution to the debate today. I would like to reiterate the point of this motion: it is to call on the government to undertake an investigation. Through the debates some ideas have been put on the table that can be used in that investigation. Mr Quinlan said that he thought that calling on the government to do an investigation was daft. I do not want to revisit the debate but perhaps he should have a word to Mr Hargreaves and all of the members of this Assembly who supported the motion we passed this morning which called on the ACT government to investigate the conditions of casual workers. It is something that we do regularly, and even members of Mr Quinlan's own party move motions like that.
If we remove all the extra bits that came with the debate and look at the issues, I think today's debate has again put on the record this Assembly's concern about affordable housing and what the government is doing to address it. It has brought to the fore the conditions of affordable housing in the private rental market, which so far has actually been left out of the debate when we are looking at affordable housing. It has asked the government to find a way to address these concerns, and it has put forward some ideas that can make part of that investigation move forward.
I look forward to the report in June 2004 and hope that it has with it some conclusions and some recommendations so that we can actually make a difference. That is what I see as part of this Assembly's role, and I thank the members of this Assembly for their support in continuing that work today.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Motion (by Mr Wood ) proposed:
That the Assembly do now adjourn.
MRS BURKE (6.23): I asked Mr Wood a question today in question time and he appeared to not know how he had responded in his correspondence to me. So for the