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Thursday, 20 June 1996
Page: 2453

Ms MACKLIN(4.25 p.m.) —I am very pleased to hear that these amendments have been agreed to by the government. Even though the minister at the table, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs (Mr Ruddock), does not necessarily think they enhance the Housing Assistance Bill 1996, that is certainly not the view of the opposition. We certainly understand that it is very important that a house be not only seen as bricks and mortar but also in the context of where it is located and the opportunities it gives people to be near employment and services. We are very pleased to have that recognition in this bill.

The other very important element of these amendments is that they take into account the need to have houses built and located in a way that is ecologically sensitive. I hope that the minister at the table and the government recognise that housing and urban development have a major impact on our urban environment. Very important issues such as air and water pollution are affected by the way in which we build our houses and suburbs. Even though the government does not seem overly enamoured by these amendments, I am nevertheless very pleased to see that they are in the bill and that future public housing stock will be built which takes into account these very important issues of environmental sensitivity and location, which improve people's opportunities.

Question resolved in the affirmative.