Legislative Council: Wednesday, August 30, 2023


Affordable Housing

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:54): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking a question of the Attorney-General about housing policy.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: At the recent Labor Party conference in Brisbane the Attorney's mates in the CFMEU proposed a super profits tax on companies to fund housing. The tax would be a permanent 40 per cent tax on profits for building homes, and the CFMEU argued that taxing companies with a turnover of $100 million or more could help close the gap on social and affordable housing. My questions to the Attorney are:

1. Has this policy been discussed between the CFMEU and the government or the Attorney when meeting the CFMEU in his term?

2. Does the Attorney-General agree with this particular policy?

3. Did he attend the national conference in Brisbane recently and, if so, did he vote for it?

4. How do his fellow SA Labor factional colleagues feel?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:55): 1. No; 2. I haven't looked at the policy; 3. I was there for part of the conference but didn't vote on that particular policy; and 4. I don't know what my colleagues think about it, I haven't discussed it with them.