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opposition, “these people don’t deserve to own their own homes” opposition, the Liberal Party view of those that actually cannot afford to go out at this stage and buy the home that they want, their dream home, the virulent opposition of the Liberal Party to people within this community owning their own homes.

Here we have the embarrassed cacophony by those that will live with this shame for the rest of their time in this place. I will, of course, remind them from time to time of their position in relation to land rent. And they do not like being reminded of it. They seek to yell you down to cover their embarrassment at having completely misread and misunderstood the nature of land rent. There soon will be more. And we will add those to the 250 people signed up to OwnPlace, that other scheme that actually attracted their ire.

But this is only the first tranche of the government’s response to these issues. There is much more that the government is seeking to do. Much of that, of course, was reflected in the suite of homelessness initiatives that the government has entered into in partnership with the commonwealth government under the national partnership agreement on homelessness.

I look forward to going into greater and continued detail on that matter and on issues like land rent and OwnPlace, those initiatives that the Liberal Party has opposed root and branch in this place, an opposition that actually belies the right of all Canberrans and all Australians the dream of home ownership, a dream which the Liberal Party does not believe some in our society should dare to entertain because it does not actually fit within their limited structure of how society should view these matters.

I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Auditor-General Act—Auditor-General’s Report No 5/2009—Administration of employment issues for staff of Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly, dated 7 August 2009.

This report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting.

Standing order 191—Amendment to the Road Transport (Third-Party Insurance) Amendment Bill 2009, dated 25 June 2009.

Travel report—Non-Executive MLAs—Seventh Assembly—Travel completed up to 30 June 2009.

Executive contracts

Papers and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Minister for Transport, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs and Minister for the Arts and Heritage): For the information of members, I present the following papers:

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