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preparing his report and implementation plan, the minister must consult with community groups and housing industry representatives. When we put our earlier bill on the table, the one about a certain proportion of medium density residential units being allocated to affordable housing, we had an approach from the Property Owners Association to say that they would really like to talk about it. How are we going to do this? We need to have a structure set up whereby we bring all these parties to the table together. That is what our proposal is about.
Because the government has the numbers, we expect to lose our amendments, but we want to improve Mr Hargreaves’s amendment. That is the reason for my amendments. The government is probably aware that we are going to pursue this issue all the way through. If this one gets rejected, we will be coming back with something else because this issue is at crisis point. We want something to happen. The government has acknowledged that we have a crisis here. I believe the government is committed to this. I will take Mr Hargreaves’s word for it that he and the government are committed to do something about it, and here is a plan to do so.
MR SPEAKER: Just to clarify, all of these amendments are being moved together, I trust, Dr Foskey?
DR FOSKEY: My understanding was that my amendments would be voted upon first and then Mr Hargreaves’s amendment, which may have been amended.
Mr Hargreaves: Mr Speaker, with your leave, I propose that Dr Foskey’s amendments be considered seriatim. The reason is that the government wishes to support one of Dr Foskey’s recommendations and to reject the other two, and I would hate to see them all go down.
MR SPEAKER: We will come to that in a moment. Firstly, Dr Foskey, you need leave to move the amendments together. Would you do that and then we will come to you, Mr Hargreaves.
DR FOSKEY: I seek leave to move my amendments together.
DR FOSKEY: I move:
(1) preamble, after “provide a report to the Assembly on”, insert “30 June 2005 on”;
(2) add the following new paragraph:
“(7) add the following new paragraph:
‘(6) that the report include an Implementation Plan to implement the recommendations of the Affordable Housing Taskforce Report Strategies for Action; and’ ”; and
(3) add the following new paragraph: