WHEN surveyed 35 per cent of Australians respond our population is getting too big for the country to handle! Can this be solved by building dense cities better?
THIS Australia Talks National Survey report, 2021 opens ‘Australia is one of the least densely populated nations in the world’.
HOWEVER what is overlooked is the fact that most people in Australia live on the coastal fringes because this continent is the driest continent on Earth! It is largely desert country.
AND there have been numerous media reports of Australians having now fled from SYDNEY and MELBOURNE because they no longer found these cities to be so ‘liveable’ …
Our population growth has not been natural but contrived through high immigration of temporary Visa Holders seeking work, or the opportunity to buy homes to gain ‘Permanent Residency.’
(visa workers have been sought after by many employers as they accept low wages. lesser working conditions and payment ‘cash in hand’ to retain their Visas!)
This competition for our housing has locked out a Whole Cohort of Australians as these wealthy overseas buyers outbid them at auctions, and prices escalated!
Our schools, hospitals, roads, trains and buses are ‘all full-up’!
THIS Ponzi Scheme has filled the coffers of developers, toll road makers, retailers …
WHY should we now have to pay more for less?
In every direction we now have higher density, and our urban bushlands, fauna and flora, our Heritage, and our amenity are disappearing …
WHY do we need double our population by 2066?
Apart from making the Property Titans wealthier? And enabling wealthy HNW to launder black money in our real estate and gain ‘Permanent Residency’ …
Perhaps if we returned to a sustainable permanent migration of 70,000 p.a. that may ease the situation and allow for Prof Giles-corti’s recommendation that rather than apartments, a mix of concentrated well-designed housing to create ‘delightful, liveable density’?
Australians think our population is getting too big but can we build better dense cities
WHY wouldn’t the Urban Taskforce support the growth of Sydney as outlined in the Metropolitan Strategy? Whoda thought who would have instigated this growth?
THE UT reports thatthey believe the growth could be higher than the governments predictions, if immigration levels are maintained.
They acknowledge that they understand that the community (us) have concerns about the change of character that will flow from a move to a more urban environment. Substitute with the description of ‘high-rise and higher density’!
Apart from the ‘change of character’ what the turbo-charged GROWTH has meant when once it took 20 minutes to drive across a few suburbs it now takes 50 minutes! Commuters constantly sit at traffic lights. Our infants are being schooled in demountable classrooms and have nowhere to play … our buses, trains and hospitals are all full-up!
House prices escalated with the Howard Government in the late 1990s allowing Middle Class Chinese to invest in education and our real estate to gain ‘Flexible Citizenship’ … hence a property boom in the early 2000s.
And again with onshore proxy and foreign online buying (Juwai) between 2015 and 2017… continuing until the border closures …
Currently following these closures with interest rates low, First Home Buyer grants, many selling their apartments for the freedom of a house and garden … thus inflating demand … and house prices have again escalated like never before! Jumping $300,000 plus from December 2020 to January 2021!
Was the UT behind this too? To make houses unaffordable so they can offload more apartments which buyers had been resisting due to so many defective development reports. Cough … cough …
THE UT suggests that somehow the extra770,000 new housing units will need to go somewhere ‘so we are demonstrating one approach towards this’!!
With a return to high immigration the shortage and high prices for Australians will maintain!
NOTE in the UT’s “Urban Ideas: Migration Matters”, the Sponsors including major sponsor Meriton and sponsor Ceerose which have been major beneficiaries of high immigration … ‘Ol Harry’ (Mr Meriton) even went so far as to say this in a report in 2019 in the SMH!…
-China has more than 1 billion people, and they love Australia. I think they love Australia as much as we love Australia. So there will always be enough of them that will buy.
-My grandsons, they understand everything. The real thing is how do you make things happen. I teach them how to make things happen.
SCROLL down to find which companies have representatives on both the Executive and Steering Committees of the Urban Taskforce! Developers who, it appears, have had much influence on NSW INC … and constructed many Precincts across Sydney and housing developments across Sydney and its urban fringes …
Urban Taskforce Executive Committee at 2021
The Urban Taskforce Executive Committee is elected by the members and oversees corporate policy, governance and financial management of the Urban Taskforce Australia. It includes some of Australia’s leading property developers.
The Executive Committee DEVELOPER members are:
KWC Capital Partners
Rebel Property Group
Update on Walker Corporation:
In April 2021 from Save Sydney’s Koalas
‘This Walker Corp. concept plan in their Bushfire Report shows their proposed plan for the whole Appin area which will comprise 259 residential lots. With the removal of 25 hollow-bearing trees, the impact on the wildlife will be terrible. Not to mention the increased heat from the removal of trees and more heat-trapping asphalt and concrete’
Walker’s Parramatta Square project $3.5Bn is currently under development … but where there has been much controversy is in Sydney’s South West esp. around the rural village of Appin!
There Walker Corporation has very large landholdings in the midst of Australia’s chlamydia free Colony of Koalas!
And through developers like Walker Corporation, Country Garden, LendLease … much of Sydney’s former foodbowl has been lost to housing developments.
How has this come about?
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These lobby groups have so much clout that no doubt because the Liberal Party has enjoyed so much $upport from the Property Council of Australia, the Urban Taskforce and others, what choice remained for the Labor Party?
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The Urban Taskforce Steering Committee focuses on public policy issues. The Steering Committee includes a mix of property developers and key experts in the areas of urban planning, law, construction and finance.
HOW WILL REOPENING OUR BORDERS IMPACT THE PROPERTY INDUSTRY?
Ah – Ha …
Meanwhile News Reports as recently as this evening (18 April 2021) on the transmission of Covid-19 at the ‘ADINA’ between two families who have returned from overseas …
Why is it Health Minister Hunt appears anxious to allay fears?
Property Council Chief Executive, Ken Morrison speaks of safely reopening our borders … and then …Ken continues,
“population growth is a critical ingredient to Australia’s economic success.”
SUBSTITUTE with ‘the Property Council’s economic success’.
Ken Morrison then proposes the National Cabinet should take steps to increase Australia’s quarantine capacity … now if resumption of our borders cannot occur until 2022
… AND further proposes ramping up our quarantine arrangements to enableTEN TIMES the current capacity!
WHO is the Morrison Govt working for?
Back before Sc.mmo entered politics he wrote the policy for the deve-loper lobby, The Property Council of Australia
READ MORE: ‘How will Reopening our Borders impact the Property Industry’
In response to the global pandemic, Australia closed its borders to international visitors and migrants in 2020. As a result, the property industry witnessed weaker rental demand caused by the slower population growth.
Recently, the Property Council of Australia has welcomed the National Cabinet’s decision to task the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) with providing guidance on the future of international border quarantine agreements.
The decision – while still in relatively early stages – is expected to positively impact the property industry. The AHPPC has been requested to provide specific health advice regarding the implications for quarantine arrangements and the reopening of Australia’s borders – following the successful vaccine rollout of Phase 1A and 1B. This marks an important first step towards safely reopening our borders to international visitors and migrants* and in turn, seeing an increase in rental* demand across the nation
Property Council Chief Executive, Ken Morrison speaks of safely reopening; “the safe reopening of international borders is one of the biggest decisions facing Australia and this review is an important step in enabling this to happen. Australia needs greater clarity and consistency not just around our domestic restrictions but also around the implications of the vaccine rollout on our international quarantine arrangement.”
Ken continues, “population growth* is a critical ingredient to Australia’s economic success.* If the resumption of normal border arrangements cannot occur until some time in 2022, the National Cabinet should take concrete steps to increase our quarantine capacity now. Australia can stay safe and accelerate economic recovery by ramping up our quarantine arrangements to enable ten times the current capacity.”
‘People have to live somewhere & it is far preferable to go up, allowing for the preservation of open spaces & transport consolidation than out, resulting in urban sprawl & the entire Sydney basin eventually being covered in squat buildings. It is the peculiarly Australian malady of High Rise Phobia that continues to fuel the urban sprawl that is threatening Mt Gilead & similar places.‘
CAAN: Yes, people do have to live somewhere, and in case it has escaped your notice, Lex, both Sydney and Melbourne have been subjected to high immigration … not just 70,000 per annum of permanent migrants, but during the term of the Howard Government it rose to some 200,000, 300,000 or more with temporary migration of Visa holders!
This population explosion began in the late 1990s of the Howard Government when Middle Class Chinese were invited to invest or buy our real estate to gain ‘Flexible Citizenship’!
And the Ponzi Scheme… the origins of which date back to the 457 Visa being introduced after John Howard took office …
Many on Student Visas were able to bring out family members through a Family Visa, Parent, Grandparent, and Guardian Visa.
The PhD Student Visa, Investor Stream, Significant Investor … and more!
This huge influx particularly from China led to increased competition for our housing … house prices escalated … locking out many young Australians … Black Money was awash in our real estate as the second tranche of the AML Legislation was shelved … then in October 2018 the Morrison Government exempted the Real Estate Gatekeepers from the Anti-Money Laundering Laws!
In January 2019 Scott Morrison announced a cut to migration of some 30,000, but at the same time overlooked that there were some 2.2 Million VISA Holders in Australia!
This Visa manipulation has benefited not only foreign buyers but both the high-rise and urban sprawl developers … in fact a ruling of the FIRB has allowed them to sell ‘new homes’ to foreign buyers! Whole Precincts of high-rise and urban sprawl!
IT would seem that the Australian People have been overruled by developers, doesn’t it?
We have had no say about this whatsoever despite many spending years to try and save our Heritage, Fauna, Flora, Farmlands, villages and suburbs from their greed and destruction!
SO what do you say now, Lex, about ‘High Rise Phobia’ fuelling the urban sprawl?
Search CAAN Website to learn more about …
-Lang Walker, Walker Corporation
-Harry Triguboff, Meriton
-Country Garden (now Risland)
-Wilton, Appin, Mount Gilead
-Foreign Investment Review Board (the FIRB) and much more!
IS it the philosophy that lies at the core of its insidious culture …?
“We are on your side. If you have a go in this country you’ll get a go. That’s what fairness in Australia means.”
And how the Liable Nasty Party achieves this ‘for some’ is through PORKBARRELLING to ensure they win ‘those Coalition or Marginal Seats’ …
And granting far more to Private Schools!
As revealed in this Report! ‘Privilege over policy’.
Over the decade, private school funding up by $2,164 per student, adjusted for inflation, compared to $334 per student for public schools. Both states and Feds responsible’
VIEW: ‘Tudge butchers Public School Funding’
And that is how ‘you get a go’ over others who too want a go!
IS it Sc.mmo’s belief that it is only the property and mining sectors that allegedly keep our economy strong?
Before entering politics SM wrote the policy for the developer lobby, The Property Council of Australia … did that lead to his annointment? You think?
‘The single biggest property donor last year (2020) was Sugolena, a private company set up by Isaac and Susan Wakil, who came to Sydney after World War II and assembled a portfolio of empty buildings across the city.
The couple sold their properties in 2014 to raise $200 million for a charitable foundation. While Sugolena had no history of substantial donations, the company, led by Mr Wakil after the death of his wife three years ago, gave $4.1 million to the Liberal Party in the weeks before and after the May 2019 federal election.‘
‘Competitive advantage’: Call for curbs as property sector ramps up political donations
Has this sector played a role in ensuring that 100% of ‘new homes’ could be sold to foreign buyers … to create a World-wide market particularly in China for Australian homes? (FIRB Ruling)
And hence the high-rise tower precincts now on every horizon across Sydney … the congestion on our roads … our trains, buses and schools all full-up!
IS that how ‘you get a go’ over others who too want a go?
2021 … The Australian Housing Market is Exploding
2020 … there was a lull with Covid and the withdrawal of buyers from China now replaced by an accelerant …
‘ … The accelerant for this fire is being splashed by other arsonists – the government and the Reserve Bank, with miniature interest rates, grants, negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount.’
Alan Kohler: The housing market is exploding again
NOW … there’s more …
WITH First Home Buyers and investors taking on large mortgages at record low rates … but for how long?
AND a housing shortage has led to this price explosion!
IS it Sc.mmo’s belief that it is only the property and mining sectors that allegedly keep our economy strong?
THAT despite the advice of Economists that lifting wages, lifting JobSeeker above the poverty line would ensure more money would flow and boost our economy … the Liable Nasty Party persists with the lowest wages growth for some 60 years … has allowed temporary migration on these low wages (cash in hand) with the lure of ‘Permanent Residency’ ensuring high unemployment for Australians esp. our Youth
By selling off our Public Assets to the ‘Mates’ … and privatising Services …
A mean and tricky grubment …
‘Dennis Atkins: When Scott Morrison says he’s listening, it’s only to himself’
THE CAMPAIGN … the First Inspection led to hundreds lining up in the street … and the Open Home went on for an hour or more!
THE HALF MCMANSION … not new but some 30 years old … beautifully kept … cherished ….
THE GUIDE was initially very low … $1.1M … $1.2M, and attracted … no doubt … hundreds of Hopefuls!
OVER the weeks that followed … The Guide crept up by another $100,000 … then $300,000 … $400,000 …
BUT still more than 100 Hopefuls turned up for the auction of ‘Half a McMansion’ on a half lot! A duplex!
The opening bid from a buyer was for $1.4M … did he believe that this was the way to cut through? Or could this bid have been arranged … despite fair trading?
The bids then quickly rose between three … then down to two Bidders … as the Hopefuls with their little children stood by in stunned silence …
THE AUCTIONEER whipped the pair into a frenzy …
SOLD at almost $1.8M!
THE CONDUCT ... is cruel … it works against ‘the Hopefuls’ … for the most essential need of ‘A Home’ … with ‘no Set Price,’ but a mere Guide!
Unlike a fridge, a washing machine, a pair of shoes even a pie they all have a set price …
Looks like it is weighted against all ‘the Hopefuls’ …
AUSTRALIA needs not only some 173,000 affordable homes for those on low incomes … it needs AFFORDABLE HOMES for all Australians!
TIME to rectify this … more than 100 People were turned away from this one auction … having spent $thousands on Building Reports, Conveyance Contract checks, time and energy lost for yet more months … years ahead searching for a nest!
HOW Good’s this, Sc.mmo?
AUSTRALIANS have rejected the high-rise Towers that can fall down!
With the inflammable cladding … that cost from $180,000 to $200,000 a unit to build, and sold from $600,000 … $1M or more … for …
BUILT by the Spivs … who describe themselves as the ‘Concrete Kings’ … who have a lavish lifestyle … Lamborghinis … Rollers et al …
AUSTRALIA currently cannot and does not HOUSE its own … therefore how can it justify any more migration … through VISA Manipulation? … AUSTRALIA must HOUSE its own … and STOP this pernicious Ponzi Scheme!
P.S. In late November 2020 a neighbouring like Half McMansion sold for $1.39M … an indicator of an inflated market … with a $400,000 price hike!
‘KRISTINA KENEALLY slams ‘laughable’ government plan to bring in more skilled migrants’
THEN this extraordinary statement from Lib MP, Julian Leeser …
“Skilled migrants make jobs for Australian workers. …
… Even with the unemployment figures coming down, employers have told us there are significant numbers of job vacancies they cannot fill because of the skills shortage.”
PRIOR to the Pandemic UNEMPLOYMENT was at 20% … including the UNDEREMPLOYED …
… those seeking a second, third job to get the hours of work necessary to survive
YET Unemployment is alleged to have dropped now to 5.8% … hm
THIS IS HOW A CAAN COMMENTATOR SUMS UP TEMP VISA MIGRATION …
‘We should only entertain *Permanent Migration* and ditch *temporary migration* completely … it has made us a very lazy nation … and we should bury that wretched, FLAWED!!!!...STUDENT visa scam that leads to permanent residency, which only looks after our dodgy University elites and a whole host of other educational degradation.
It creates a myriad of catastrophes from increasing real estate prices locking our own out of a home, and of course our mobility to get around on the roads!!! …. not being able to move around freely anymore, we are basically suffocating.
… We need deaths (natural deaths) to help the country catch up … and recover.
Once we recover and we are able to get our infrastructure in order so we can move around freely again … we can then revert back to permanent migration.
This temporary migration business is crook. Crook for everything …. that’s how I see it. Some would disagree.
I say, technology aside and its influence, wages, housing affordability, ease of travel, utility costs and general cost of living …..
… LOOK at years gone by and compare our living standards to now.
The population schemers have dealt us a big blow!’