House debates

Wednesday, 28 February 2024


Help to Buy Bill 2023, Help to Buy (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2023; Second Reading

1:04 pm

Photo of Terry YoungTerry Young (Longman, Liberal National Party) Share this | Hansard source

Correct. Well said, Member for Herbert. It's all about the headline, and it's all about spruiking: 'Look at us; look at what we're doing.' In reality, the scheme will deliver no help, and that is completely reprehensible.

I'm all for supporting the government in any type of initiative that will actually help people. And there have been times when there has been bipartisan support for different bills, which have gone through. When we were in government, they supported some of ours. Now they're in government, we have supported some of theirs. But we will not support the bills that are not going to cut through and that are not the best spend of taxpayers' money, and this is one of those cases. It's as simple as that. It's our job to make sure that the government are spending taxpayers' money wisely, and in this case they are simply not.

So I'm asking the questions: Why do Labor hate people getting on with their own lives? Why do they have to be involved? Why do they have to run people's lives? The greatest gift that you've ever been given as a human being as the gift of choice. When you take away choice, you dehumanise us, and that is simply unacceptable. I say to the government, credit for trying to do something but please readdress this. Implement some of the coalition's schemes that worked. Look at the results and implement things that actually work. I commend the bill to the House.


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