Page 752 - Week 02 - Thursday, 10 March 2011

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Opposition members interjecting—

MR STANHOPE: I was asked about a survey in relation to affordability in Australia. A major survey—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hanson, you are warned for interjecting.

Mr Seselja: On a point of order, Mr Speaker—

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Chief Minister. Stop the clocks, thank you.

Mr Seselja: It is on relevance. Perhaps to help the Chief Minister, because he may not have heard my question properly, the question was around surveys which focused on first home buyer affordability—the HIA-Commonwealth Bank being one and whether there are any others—and what they say.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, if you could focus on the specific question.

MR STANHOPE: I am coming to other surveys that I am aware of. Indeed, there is the Commonwealth Bank-HIA. There is the Real Estate institute of Australia. There is a most recent and very interesting survey that compares housing affordability across six nations, including as between all of the cities in Australia—not just the capital cities. It is a very interesting survey that compares affordability in, I think, 40 cities within Australia.

It compares—this is the first time I have ever seen the comparison and it is very interesting—Canberra, for instance, with Wagga, Alice Springs and Mackay. Interestingly, it determines—and this is a national survey—that the ACT is the 11th most affordable city in Australia, in a listing, I think, of around 40 cities. I will get the full list for members. They will be intrigued to discover that the ACT, Canberra, is more affordable than Wagga, Alice Springs or Mackay. It is more affordable than all the capital cities in Australia, except, I think Hobart.

So there are other very reputable surveys in relation to housing affordability. Most particularly, you will see that the Real Estate Institute of Australia in their regular surveys show repeatedly and always that the ACT is the most affordable in Australia.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, standing order 118(a) requires the minister to be directly relevant to the question. The question was about first home buyers. The minister is not addressing the question of first home buyers.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, there is not a point of order at this stage. I think the question was broadly about housing affordability.

Mrs Dunne: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, the question was about surveys of first home buyer affordability.

Mr Doszpot interjecting—

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