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stakeholders and subject matter experts as part of the work contributing to the development of the Housing Strategy, and in the context of future budget decisions;

Interestingly, when I suggested this as a way forward on the radio on 6 February, Mr Coe laughed at me and went on the attack. So it seems he has changed his mind. All of this needs to be considered with the federal government as well, and we will continue to call on the federal government to consider making changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax. Both need to be considered as a way forward in providing opportunities for people to own homes of their own.

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.26), in reply: In closing, I am really pleased that all three parties in the Assembly have seen that the land tax regime in the ACT at the very least needs looking at from the point of view of both equity and taxation, and housing affordability. I look forward to further outbreaks of tripartisan consideration of important issues. I thank members for their contribution to this.

Amendment to amendment agreed to.

Amendment, as amended, agreed to.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Self Help Organisations United Together (SHOUT)

MS LEE (Kurrajong) (10.28): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes:

(a) that SHOUT (Self Help Organisations United Together) is an ACT-based umbrella organisation that has been providing support to over 40 self help and peer support groups for people with disabilities, health and chronic conditions for over 35 years in the ACT;

(b) SHOUT is funded by the ACT Government until August 2017, but their future beyond that is unclear;

(c) many of SHOUT’s members are small community organisations entirely managed by volunteers and without SHOUT’s backend support, they would have no administrative help, no place to conduct meetings and no support and this would have negative impacts on thousands of Canberrans who are most in need of assistance; and

(d) that SHOUT has had no success to date in securing ongoing funding from the ACT Government, notwithstanding their successful and longstanding track record of delivery and have announced they have no choice but to close their doors in August 2017; and

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