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We do not know what the government’s view is on it. All we are getting is a bit of wishy-washiness or a bit of Mr Corbell stepping back from his initial position. If Mr Corbell is stepping back from his initial position, I would certainly welcome that. But I just want Mr Corbell to make that clear, because I do not think the position is very clear as to exactly where things stand.

In summary: we will not obviously be supporting the amendments. I do not think they add anything. As usual, they just have a very self-congratulatory tone, so obviously we will not be supporting them.

Question put:

That Mr Corbell’s amendments be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 8

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Ms Gallagher

Mr Quinlan

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Pratt

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Affordable Housing

DR FOSKEY (Molonglo) (12.00): I move:

That the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services reconvene the Affordable Housing Taskforce with the following terms of reference:

(1) review progress in improving housing affordability since the Taskforce report Strategies for Action was tabled in 2002;

(2) review recent developments and initiatives to increase housing affordability in Australia and overseas, and assess their appropriateness in the ACT context;

(3) provide advice to the Government on the implementation of strategies outlined in that report;

(4) oversee the development of a long-term Affordable Housing Strategy for the ACT; and

(5) provide ongoing advice to the Government on housing affordability in the ACT and the effectiveness of strategies and actions implemented by the Government.

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