Page 245 - Week 01 - Thursday, 11 February 2016
Mrs Dunne: the minister is clearly not in command of his brief, and that is the problem that we have here. If the minister was in command of his brief, there would not be such—
Mr Rattenbury: This is a debating point. This is not a point of order.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Dunne.
Mr Rattenbury: And Mrs Dunne knows that.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: That is enough. Mr Wall, did you talk about misleading the Assembly?
Mr Wall: I did. I withdraw.
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you.
Mr Wall: Perhaps, Madam Assistant Speaker—
MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER: No, there is no qualification. Thank you. Mr Gentleman.
MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Assistant Speaker. As I said, the government was concerned about the disallowance motion that Mr Coe had lodged, so my office contacted his office on Tuesday and asked if he was going to bring that motion forward. His office said, very clearly, that they were not going to bring it forward. That meant that if that motion did not get dealt with, the legislation would be disallowed—not allowing all of those Fluffy home owners who want to enter the land rent scheme to take that opportunity.
They have been on tenterhooks. The asbestos task force has been looking at trying to make them an offer on their blocks, and are unable to do so because they cannot clarify a valuation, because this DI is sitting there and stopping the operation of the legislation, in that sense.
We are trying to assist the people affected on these blocks by allowing them to enter the land rent scheme. That is the most appropriate action government can take to help those people affected, in order to allow them to move back onto those blocks where the value has gone up. I think this will give them some certainty. It will allow them to take part in that scheme if they want to. I understand that individuals are already keen to do so.
I will not be supporting, unfortunately, Ms Burch’s motion this morning, but I do hope that we will be able to assist all of those Fluffy home owners who want to enter the land rent scheme as soon as possible.
MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (12.30): Madam Assistant Speaker, this is extraordinary on two counts. I refer to the outrage that this will cause amongst people who are already struggling and who are suffering as former or current