Mackellar MP Jason Falinski, Chair of the Housing Affordability Survey, attacks affordable housing
The NSW government has previously urged the Commonwealth to ease federal tax burdens for the rental construction industry and has launched initiatives to promote new types of housing, such as co-living, while enforcing from affordable housing goals to local planning controls.
Replacing the stamp duty with a property tax is a flagship policy of New South Wales treasurer Dominic Perrottet to prevent first-time homebuyers from being shut out of the market.
A spokeswoman for New South Wales Housing Minister Melinda Pavey said the state was implementing the country’s largest social housing renewal project by changing the makeup of communities to create a mix social housing, but also home ownership opportunities.
The spokesperson said that the renewal of the old public housing estates in the southwest of the city improved social and health outcomes.
Mr Falinski is chairing the federal parliamentary inquiry into housing affordability and supply, with house prices in Sydney in August averaging $ 1.3 million as the country grapples with a financial crisis. home ownership.
Federal government housing and homelessness spokesperson Jason Clare said access to housing was crucial for people to keep their jobs and keep their children in school, qualifying Mr. Falinski of “crazy stuff”.
“This is the real Liberal Party for you. They think we shouldn’t spend a dime on housing the homeless, but they are happy to hand over $ 13 billion of taxpayer money to businesses that made a profit last year, ”Mr. Clare, referring to the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program.
Mark Degotardi of the Community Housing Industry Association of NSW said Falinski’s comments were “outdated and out of touch.”
“Non-profit community housing providers are working with governments and private developers in New South Wales to provide social and affordable housing that transcends these tired old perceptions,” he said, adding that the social and affordable housing was essential in the midst of a housing crisis. .
NSW Homelessness CEO Katherine McKernan said more social and affordable housing could have prevented widespread overcrowding in western Sydney, which has exacerbated the effects of COVID-19 outbreaks in that region.
“It’s well documented that social housing has a huge impact on people’s lives. Not only is it safer than sleeping on the streets, living in cars, or surfing on a couch, but the evidence also shows that mental health issues and drug and alcohol problems are exacerbated when people don’t have a safe and affordable place to live, ”she said. noted.
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