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community sector, to identify and progress projects that meet and respond to emerging and current needs. Such an approach would be guided and informed by the discussions and outcomes of Mr Hargreaves’s forum with key stakeholders, including members of the opposition and cross bench, to discuss the role of community and not-for-profit housing in relation to the stimulus package and in relation to its implementation.

I speak in support of this motion and I wholeheartedly support the commonwealth government’s injection of funding for social housing in the ACT. It is an initiative that will achieve real long-term benefits for our community. It will increase and improve our social housing supply and responsiveness. It will also deliver economic benefits to the community and help protect and create jobs. It is a motion that should, and deserves to, be supported.

In relation to the amendments, we acknowledge the amendments that Ms Bresnan has circulated for the Greens. I understand from my colleague that they are acceptable to him and to the government. I thank members for their contributions. It is quite interesting today to actually have a contribution. It is good to see members of the Assembly prepared to debate at least one of the items of executive business that the government has put forward today.

I must say, though, that, whilst I welcome the contribution to this debate and its intelligence, it is good to have a debate at all. After three successive adjournments on matters of great significance to the community that the government pursues through executive business, it is good to see that the Greens and the Liberal Party are actually prepared to do at least some work today. The government is grateful for that.

Amendments agreed to.

Question put:

That the motion, as amended, be agreed to.

Ayes 11

Noes 6

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mr Doszpot

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mrs Dunne

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Hanson

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Seselja

Mr Hargreaves

Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Planning—subordinate legislation

Ministerial statement

Debate resumed from 31 March, on motion by Mr Barr:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

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