Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 - Family First Party Australia
Family First agrees with the findings reported in the media today that "housing affordability is a burning issue for Australian voters - more important than border security, broadband and even education". (Source: The Australian 15 July 2013.)
 
"Housing affordability is fast becoming the privilege of the few rather than the rightful expectation of the many", says former homebuilder and Family First SA Senate candidate Bob Day. "And the province of older Australians at the expense of the young.
 
“This is not just a disaster for young homebuyers but for State government budgets as well.
 
"For example, housing construction attracts full GST – upwards of $40,000 per house. So when housing starts are 50,000 fewer than they should be the impact on State budgets is enormous.

"I’m sure State Governments could do with an extra $2bn at the moment - not to mention all those people on Housing Commission waiting lists looking for somewhere to live.
 
“As anyone contemplating building a new house has discovered, the actual cost of building a new house is incredibly low. It hasn’t changed much in 30 years. The price of land on which to the build the house however has skyrocketed.
 
“In short, Australia doesn’t have a ‘housing’ affordability problem, it has a ‘land’ affordability problem.
 
To fix the problem for good and ensure that future generations do not suffer the same fate Family First advocates five steps:
 
1.         Where they have been applied, urban growth boundaries or zoning restrictions on the urban fringes of our cities need to be removed.
 
2.         Small players need to be encouraged back into the market by abolishing compulsory ‘Master Planning.’
 
3.         Allow the development of basic serviced allotments ie water, sewer, electricity, storm water, bitumen road, street lighting and street signage.  Additional services and amenities (lakes, entrance walls, childcare centres, bike trails, etc can be optional extras if the developer wishes to provide them and the buyers are willing to pay for them).
 
4.         Privatise planning approvals.  Any qualified Town Planner should be able to certify that a development application complies with a Local Government’s Development Plan.
 
5.     No up-front infrastructure charges.  All services should be allowed to be paid for through the rates system ie pay ‘as’ you use, not ‘before’ you use.
 
“Family First is committed to keeping the Great Australian Dream of housing affordability alive for all Australians.
 
“Given the vast social and economic benefits that flow from home ownership, restoring housing affordability should once again become one of our nation’s most important priorities.
 
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For media interviews and further information contact Bob Day NOW
 
Bob Day AO
Federal Chairman
Family First Party Australia
77 Fullarton Road
KENT TOWN SA 5067
Tel 08 7070 0044

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