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Affordable housing action delayed

By johnboy - 15 August 2006 23

Well our Chief Minister has announced that he’s going to put off doing anything about affordable housing.

“announced the formation of a high-level cross-Government steering group to advise the Government on initiatives to increase the supply of affordable housing in the ACT”

How many years? How many plans? We’re back to steering groups?

How about increasing supply?

What’s Your opinion?

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23 Responses to
Affordable housing action delayed
simto 9:48 am 16 Aug 06

Hm. We agree on one policy. I have a feeling we disagree on tonnes more. I think it’s safer for the cause of party unity if I stay out of that one…

Thumper 9:10 am 16 Aug 06

Good work that man!

Good call Simpto. Make them pay ‘real’ market rates and use it to acquire more, or maintain, the existing stock.

I think we should run for government….

VYBerlinaV8 9:06 am 16 Aug 06

“have the high income earners pay a genuine fair market rate ”
Good call. If you match the market for those who can afford it, they will tend to move out anyway I think, so they can have more control of where they live.
Unfortunately, the actual cost of housing is not going to go down in the longer term. I like the idea of building more public houosing also, but making sure people are paying a rent which is both reasonable (not strictly market) and affordable.
Releasing a bunch more land could crash the property market in the short term, but it will recover and get just as expensive in the medium to longer term.
Just my $0.02.

simto 8:24 am 16 Aug 06

Or alternatively, have the high income earners pay a genuine fair market rate rather than the sham version that ACT housing charges, and use that extra money to acquire additional stock.

johnboy 6:50 pm 15 Aug 06

Kick out the high income earners pandy and we wouldn’t need more capacity in public housing.

Pandy 6:18 pm 15 Aug 06

More public housing. A whole lot more.

Cityboy 5:31 pm 15 Aug 06

One way to make housing more affordable would be to release land for development, thereby reducing the value of land by increasing the supply.

seepi 5:06 pm 15 Aug 06

ha – great job KaneO.
Except I think you should aim for Theoretical Outcomes, not Workable ones!!

KaneO 4:54 pm 15 Aug 06

I don’t work in the public service. I used to, but the snoring used to interfere with my enjoyment of my perpetual ciggy breaks.

Absent Diane 4:47 pm 15 Aug 06

KaneO – you are definately going places in the public service with talk like that. Keep it up!!!

Thumper 4:43 pm 15 Aug 06

I second the proposal.

KaneO 4:34 pm 15 Aug 06

I would like propose that we debate the possibility that the steering group will investigate the benefits of hiring a consultant to determine the likelihood of delegating this issue to a working party which could be empowered to define a set of workable outcomes and measurements to benchmark the steering groups progress on reviewing this issue.

Thumper 4:08 pm 15 Aug 06

ACTUAL outcomes?

Come on Roland, we can’t expect that much from Mr Hedgehog and his band of merry men, and women.

No, lets just discuss it and all the problems will be solved.

Roland GRNS 3:57 pm 15 Aug 06

ACT Greens call for actual outcomes from this taskforce, in a media release and then a motion in the Assembly tomorrow.

seepi 3:54 pm 15 Aug 06

Does the govt take the advice of these steering committees?

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