Page 5182 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 28 November 2017

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This government have it round the other way. They have announced all these changes in the budget. But now they say, “Oh, we are now going to do some consultation about housing.”

Ms Jones: And it will not be real, will it? It will be like the rest.

MS LAWDER: Yes, absolutely. We have heard about that on many occasions. But in the Assembly here today we have the opportunity to demand that this stops. We have the opportunity to do something real about housing affordability, not more consultation, not more reports.

This sounds a bit to me like some other portfolios I have been the shadow in. We commissioned more and more reports, more and more experts, but we did not actually make changes. That is what is happening here. We are going to have another consultation, another paper.

Do not forget that Mr Stanhope has said that the lack of action on housing affordability and the affordable housing action plan is his single greatest regret as chief minister. Yet we are voting against it here. You are voting against housing affordability here again today. I hope you feel proud of yourselves.

You have the opportunity to reject this increase today. It is the opportunity to tell the people of Canberra that you actually care about housing affordability, you are actually going to do something. It is the opportunity, for once, to move from talking the talk to walking the walk.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 11

Mr Coe

Mr Parton

Ms Burch

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Dunne

Mr Wall

Ms Cheyne

Mr Ramsay

Mrs Jones

Ms Cody

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Mr Gentleman

Mr Steel

Ms Lawder

Ms Le Couteur

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Milligan

Ms Orr

Question resolved in the negative.


Motion (by Mr Gentleman) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

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