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AGAINST – National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill 2023 - Consideration in Detail - Composition of membership

The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with an amendment introduced by Fowler MP Dai Le (Independent), which means it failed.

Ms Le explained that:

I agree with the minister that we should have a board with diverse skills and experience, but it must obviously have people with firsthand experience of community and social housing. It is therefore incredibly disappointing that the government won't be mandating a community housing provider representative. Without the government's mandate, the idea that it will happen—it just won't. To some extent I agree with the member for Griffith about the representation on the council, but co-investment from property developers and CHPs is crucial to the social housing sector.

Amendment text

(1) Clause 22, page 13 (lines 26 to 29), omit subclause (3), substitute:

(3) In appointing members, the Minister must ensure that:

(a) the appointed members collectively have an appropriate balance of qualifications, skills or experience in the fields mentioned in subsection (2); and

(b) at least 1 appointed member is a representative of the Community Housing Provider sector; and

(c) consideration is given to appointing members who have personal experience of social and affordable housing; and

(d) there is gender and cultural diversity within the National Housing Supply and Affordability Council.


Date and time: 9:15 AM on 2023-02-16
Allegra Spender's vote: No
Total number of "aye" votes: 71
Total number of "no" votes: 63
Total number of abstentions: 17
Related bill: National Housing Supply and Affordability Council Bill 2023

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