Page 2879 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 24 June 2009

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As to the increases for students, Mr Coe is talking about tertiary students. I understand Ms Bresnan’s amendment talks about all students. I think that is a much better way to go, quite frankly. I am quite happy to concur with that. Tabling the review in the Assembly—I do not have a problem with that; the government does not have a problem with that either. That actually gives members an opportunity, such as Mr Coe, if he wants to, instead of texting somebody, to do it. He can actually pick up that particular—

Opposition members interjecting—

MR HARGREAVES: I tell you what, Madam Assistant Speaker, I wish fishing was this easy. Having a review tabled in the Assembly allows members the opportunity to move to have the debate adjourned and therefore pick it up again later on, examine that review and make comment upon it. I think that is a reasonable ask. As to whether the government should consider reinstating student fares for tertiary students, depending on the outcome of the review, a reasonable person would not say no to that. I do not know why that is there—I think that would automatically follow—but I do not have any difficulty with it being in there. I signal that the government will be supporting Ms Bresnan’s amendment—we not only support it but are quite happy to support it—and if, perchance, there is a division on it we will happily stand up and be counted. We are happy to stand up here in this chamber and support Ms Amanda Bresnan MLA.

Question put:

That Ms Bresnan’s amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 9

Noes 4

Mr Barr

Ms Hunter

Mr Coe

Ms Bresnan

Ms Le Couteur

Mrs Dunne

Ms Burch

Ms Porter

Mr Hanson

Mr Corbell

Mr Rattenbury

Mr Smyth

Mr Hargreaves

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Amendment agreed to.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Home ownership policies

MS BURCH (Brindabella) (4.10): I move:

That this Assembly acknowledges the importance of policies that help households on modest incomes and Canberrans who have historically been locked out of the housing market achieve the dream of home ownership.

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