Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 12 February 2008) . . Page.. 41 ..
• secondly, the process will assist in the provision of adequate land and housing options at the lower end of the market. This “demand matching” approach need not affect general housing prices, the community’s returns on its land assets or the efficient and sustainable use of greenfields land.
Chief Minister, now more than ever, the prospect of young families owning a home is out of reach. What responsibility do you take for your government’s policies and the effect they have had on new home buyers?
MR STANHOPE: I thank the notional Leader of the Opposition for the question.
Ms MacDonald: The real leader.
MR STANHOPE: The real Leader of the Opposition. I thank the real Leader of the Opposition for the question.
Mrs Burke: Point of order, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: Order! Resume your seat for a minute. Chief Minister, stay with the subject matter of the question, please.
Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker. There are forms of address in this place. If Mr Stanhope wishes to refer to Mr Smyth, he should do so by his name, and in no other way.
MR SPEAKER: I did not sense that he referred to him by anything other than ‘Mr Smyth’.
Mrs Dunne: He did, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: I will look at it.
MR STANHOPE: I thank the re-emerged and resurgent Deputy Leader of the Opposition for the question. And, of course, I thank him for a question on land supply, on the Land Development Agency—this government’s affordable housing strategy, which has been heralded by all other governments around Australia as a model of a response by a government in Australia to the issues and the stresses of land supply and affordability.
The affordable housing steering group report—which I had great pleasure in tabling just on a year ago and which we responded to in detail in April last year—is regarded as a model by other governments. Ring them and ask them about the innovative way in which we are dealing with these issues. It is a national problem, and we as a government have developed the most coherent, cohesive, visionary and imaginative policy and response to housing affordability of any place in Australia. Other governments will tell you that, once they overcome perhaps any concern that they did not think of it first.