Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Housing Affordability: Australia Wins – NZ loses?

MEDIA RELEASE

6 March 2008

DEMOGRAPHIA
www.demographia.com

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY: AUSTRALIA WINS – NEW ZEALAND LOSES?

At the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) 2008 National Congress held in Melbourne, Australia this week - the Premier of Victoria Hon John Brumby, within his wide-ranging speech (Premiers Media Release: NEW ZONE TO BOOST HOUSING IN GROWTH AREAS announced the fast track release of land, capable of incorporating an additional 90,000 house lots (to accommodate around a further 243,000 people) .

Premier Brumby said –

“For the past decade this Government has invested in the services and building projects that matter to families – and this is attracting more people to Melbourne and Victoria faster than predicted”

“Victoria’s population boom is placing pressure on land supply and we are taking action to meet demand for zoned land. The reforms I am announcing today will cut the time it takes to prepare land for development by more than 12 months.”

“This will cut thousands of dollars per block in development costs and significantly increase the supply of new housing.”

“This is the first instalment of measures to tackle housing affordability and reforms to the planning process by the middle of the year.”

It is likely other States within Australia will follow the State of Victoria’s lead by fast tracking land releases and tackling the planning and infrastructure impediments, in their quest to restore housing affordability.

The new Australian Government and its leader Hon Kevin Rudd are committed to working with the States and Local Governments to restore housing affordability in Australia and announced an initial suite of measures early in the week, to address rental housing by encouraging the construction of up to 100,000 units (to accommodate approximately 270,000 people) and improve planning processes.

The updated figures from the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), now suggests that 1.1 million Australian households are suffering housing stress – as reported by The Australian.

Mr Rudd had said that his Government had upped the quota for skilled migrants by 6,000 two months ago and is committed to supporting industry training.

In an inclusive way, he has organised a 2020 Summit next month with a “focus on ideas” to deal with housing affordability and other important issues.

The Housing Industry Association of Australia (HIA) has suggested to the Australian Government that there is a need to bring in 15,000 additional construction workers to meet this housing need (articles here , here , here , here ).

The Rudd Government is currently considering the proposal.

Following the last Federal Election in Australia - the Sydney Morning Herald commissioned Fitch Ratings to complete a study of voting trends and reported 8 December 2007( Fear of losing homes drove Labor win - National - smh.com.au ) that those facing housing stress with excessive mortgages, moved solidly to Labour.

In contrast – the New Zealand Government has done little of significance over recent years in dealing with the issue of housing affordability.

Finally – on 4 December 2007 - the New Zealand Government Housing Minister Hon Maryan Street announced the introduction of an “inclusionary zoning” Affordable Housing Enabling Territorial Authorities Bill (forcing developers to supply a percentage of lower priced houses in developments), which has met with widespread criticism (Demographia response here).

Australia is currently putting in place around 140,000 residential units a year ( latest Australian Bureau of Statistics Building Approvals Report for January 2008 Month – issued 06/03/2008) and needs to increase this substantially to deal with household formations and the backlog due to the inflated pricing.

In response to these massive and wide-ranging Australian initiatives – Mr Pieter Burghout, CEO of the New Zealand Master Builders Federation has expressed deep concerns about the likely exodus of local builders, as they are drawn across the Tasman again, to assist Australians with increased housing production ( NZ Herald , TVNZ Breakfast , Radio New Zealand , New Zealand Visa Bureau , ABC Online

“Governments at all levels in New Zealand must work together with real urgency to open up land supply on the urban fringes and allow affordable housing to be built” said Hugh Pavletich, co author of the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey –adding “It now well past time for real action”.

--

Hugh Pavletich
Co author – Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey
www.demographia.com

--

Further Information
Demographia
Scoop NZ articles - Hugh Pavletich
NZCPR guest article “Restoring the housing opportunity” - Hugh Pavletich
"Our young New Zealanders deserve affordable housing" - Hugh Pavletich

ENDS

Words – approx 744

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

ALSO:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election