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MADAM SPEAKER: The advice is that he will not need leave because in fact he was out of order to even start to debate it when he stood to adjourn debate. That is the advice I have. I am happy to reflect and reconsider when it comes back.

Mrs Dunne: Could you make a ruling that Mr Gentleman’s comments were out of order?

MADAM SPEAKER: I will take some advice and when this comes back for debate I will provide further comment on it.

Mrs Dunne: Could I ask for your indulgence, Madam Speaker, so that, more proximate to the event—that is, today’s event—you make a ruling? If you decide that what Mr Gentleman did was out of order, could you make the ruling now, or closer to this event, rather than when the bill comes back?

MADAM SPEAKER: I will make it today.

Mrs Dunne: Thanks.

Social housing

MS LE COUTEUR (Murrumbidgee) (10.21): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) Canberra now has the equal highest rent for houses in Australia, and the second highest rent for units;

(b) the ACT has the highest proportion of people in the private rental market who are still in rental stress after receiving Commonwealth Rent Assistance of any jurisdiction;

(c) the proportion of dwellings managed by community housing providers in the ACT is modest compared to other jurisdictions, and the sector has not been growing at the same rate as their interstate counterparts; and

(d) community housing organisations are well placed to play a strong role in meeting the housing needs of the growing number of Canberrans who are in housing stress;

(2) further notes that:

(a) the amount of social housing in the ACT has been falling as a proportion of overall housing stock for two decades;

(b) new social and affordable rental stock is not being added at a rate that maintains the amount of social and affordable stock as a proportion of overall housing stock;

(c) private investors can play an important role in adding to affordable housing in the ACT;

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