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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 1 November 2018) . . Page.. 4663 ..

MR PARTON: Minister, do you now accept that this government has created a rental affordability crisis?

MS BERRY: No, I do not accept that at all. The ACT government’s tax reform has made homes more affordable for everyone.

Opposition members interjecting

MS BERRY: It is true.

Opposition members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, Mrs Dunne, Mr Hanson. Mrs Jones, perhaps you can ask them to be quiet next.

Housing—affordable home ownership

MRS JONES: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, your housing strategy outlines a goal of increasing affordable home ownership. It states:

The product will be primarily aimed at low income households and, in particular, those currently in the community rental sector looking to transition into home ownership. Such a model could be considered in relation to land releases in future years.

Minister, do you now accept that the government’s land release policies have at times locked low income households out of that buying market?

MS BERRY: No, I do not.

MRS JONES: Minister, when will you announce a time line for implementing your policy to make home ownership more affordable?

MS BERRY: The housing strategy is a 10-year strategy that has been announced, and it is right that through the implementation of the different parts of the strategy time is taken to ensure that we get the responses to different ideas that came out of the consultation. Over 100 ideas were part of this conversation. The implementation plan will provide more detail as the government takes the time in different parts of the road map to get the response right. It is only appropriate. It is a 10-year strategy.

MR PARTON: Minister, do you now agree that your government must take responsibility for creating a housing affordability crisis?

MS BERRY: No, I do not; absolutely not, and this government has not. In fact, the ACT government is leading the way in tax reform to ensure that housing in the ACT becomes more affordable. Of course, the ACT government, in leading the way, has also called on the federal government to ensure that they pull on the tax levers that

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