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When it comes to housing policy, why arenít we talking about building more homes? : Comments

By Natalie Rayment, published 26/5/2022

Alternatively, the Australian Government could follow the example set by our Kiwi cousins and take direct action on planning laws.

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Some issues not addressed here:

Single occupancy is a grossly inefficient use of the critically short domestic housing. Ideas and action are needed to encourage single occupants to move out and make room for desperate family groups.

Short term leasing of properties for holiday letting, reduces potential availability of housing for the long term rental market currently in critically short supply.

Converting suitable unused buildings in local areas into emergency accommodation as homeless shelters with a short to long term view of dealing with increasing homelessness driven by affordability and availability of domestic housing.

This article totally misses the point of dealing with the current housing crisis, either in the short term or a longer view of a very shaky future for those needing to be housed in suitable dwellings, and in a time frame that deals with the failure of all levels of Government to foresee or even care about Government inefficiency and neglect of the critical housing shortage.

It also fails to make mention of immigration as a pressure on the crisis of housing existing residents efficiently.

Dan
Posted by diver dan, Thursday, 26 May 2022 8:35:50 AM
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"If we are serious that housing is a human right, or that home ownership should be an attainable goal for all Australians regardless of how much they earn or who their parents are ..".

Talking about "human rights" won't get anyone into a house, and the idea that home ownership should be attainable for all Australians is just a fairy tale.

Home ownership has always been an obsession in Australia, not shared anywhere else. We have been lucky up to now, but the luck has run out. Too many people; too much immigration; too many people not taught to budget; too many people voting for socialism.
Posted by ttbn, Thursday, 26 May 2022 9:27:30 AM
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The atmosphere of this article is the old, "We know Best for You"
The no minimum car space rule suggests that people only want to go
where the trains, busses or ferries go.
The electric cars only laws will make the scene in London of power
cables being draped over the footpath to charge your car on the road.

There are only a certain number of bricklayers, carpenters,
electricians, plumbers etc etc and a certain number of council clerks
shuffling building applications.
You either train more building tradesmen or reduce immigration.
No other path is available, but the we know best mob do not understand.
Posted by Bazz, Thursday, 26 May 2022 9:41:52 AM
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No other path is available, but the we know best mob do not understand.
Bazz,
Yes and, too many are adverse to discipline, responsibility & respect hence so many are against a National Service which is the core of guiding people to be better citizens !
Posted by Indyvidual, Thursday, 26 May 2022 10:13:02 AM
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I believe we need to remove rezoning from councils and state governments. And put in the hands of the Federal parliament.

Councils dribble out rezoned land in order to increase land valuations and rates. state governments do likewise to increase front loaded tax like ubicutous stamp duties! Even though they promised to remove them when the GST became theirs. And should be withheld until they honour their agreement!

Simply put, the aforementioned should not be able to ration rezoned land to simply pad income streams but be forced to cut their cloth to suit their budget.

Instead of increased rates, councils need more rate payers and done by releasing more rezoned land as housing blocks and industrial estates.

And we need to import those skills we can't get like brickies and chippies. Some of which could be improved via adult apprentiships which come at a higher pay rate than kids straight out of school.

We need more factory built houses to supplement lower cost supply factory built houses which can come as flat packs that can be assembled on site in a day by semi-competent labourers overseen by relevant tradies.

All the assistance schemes advocated thus far can only make housing more unaffordable! And time for a different approach on the supply side bottlenecks and deliberate scarcity paradigms.
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Thursday, 26 May 2022 11:30:56 AM
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If you are the single occupant of a house you scraped and went without to own. And a couple of spare rooms left to cater for visiting kids and grandkids!

If some piss it up against the wall dropkick that thinks you should be forced to move so some family can move in while you are forced to move to more expensive single bedroom dwelling, just doesn't fly.

Piss it up against the wall dropkicks need to do what others have done to own their own home and stop drinking, smoking and gambling!

And buy their own like those before them did, with gut busting 7 days a week work and sacrifice. And by following the higher paid work across the length and breadth of the land!

And by using the one weapon they have to usher in change, their ballot and by voting for what they want to see as public policy!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Thursday, 26 May 2022 11:52:20 AM
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