In May 2020 Sydney’s rental market was described as ‘very much a tenants market right now, it’s probably the biggest tenants market I’ve seen in my last 20-years’, said Louis Christopher, Managing Director, SQM Research.
THAT no doubt was due to the huge job losses from the Pandemic as tenants had to move out … return to family … become homeless … consequently Landlords had to cut rents to find new tenants …
WILL this lead tomore SUPER FUNDS investing in not just Build to Rent BUT Build to Rent to Buy?
IT appears that AUSTRALIAN SUPER is leading the way by investing 25% in Assemble Communities, an ‘affordable build-to-rent developer’!
WITH a Whole Cohort of Australians locked out of home ownership prior to the Pandemic … that this HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS has only worsened now!
THIS would seem to be the logical solution to the housing affordability predicament. Recall years ago Public Housing Tenants were able to buy their home over time!
WILL the Morrison Government invest and transform the tax system to enable this sector to thrive for Australian First Home Buyers?
BECAUSE this Government has come in for much ridicule for their “HomeBuilder” scheme …
Note how Geoff Hamner, Brendan Coates and others sum it up!
AND from Michael West: ‘HomeBuilder: a sneaky plan for the Coalition’s franking credits crew to collar the pension?’
Developer, Assemble Communities wants 60 to 70% of their projects to be affordable housing.
WILL the Morrison Government join Australian Super, and invest?And would this Government ensure that only Australian citizens could access this housing?
ACROSS SYDNEY and MELBOURNE … many suburbs have had a complete demographic change through foreign investment … with obvious consequences … and if this Cohort of Australians locked out of the housing market were in fact given the opportunity to enjoy HOME OWNERSHIP … that this might create better social cohesion!
AND like housing projects would create jobs and boost our economy …
The model allows tenants to rent for five years to progress to buying at an agreed fixed price when they entered the lease.
-fund members in receipt of a good return
-affordable housing for Australian workers
The difficulty to be overcome is the extreme financialisation of land!
-build to rent developers are at a disadvantage compared to mum and dad investors in private rentals
WHAT is needed is for the Scomo Government to deliver incentives to increase the growth of this sector and hence reduce pressure on the investors to reduce the cost of these apartments
THIS would ensure the viabililty, profitability of the property sector and benefit Australians locked out …
ISN’T it time to implement and enforce the second tranche of the Anti-Money Laundering Laws for the Real Estate Gatekeepers … ??
The latest data issued by the Government reveals that 8000 people have flown here since the closure on 20 March! Between 20 March and 1 June 2020!
On Wednesday 10 June Australia had only two new cases of Covid-19. Both had returned from overseas and were in Sydney in hotel quarantine.
How come not all travellers are forced into quarantine?
Not everyone has been forced into quarantine when they arrive in Australia – and some returned travellers, including a diplomat who lives in Canberra, have exposed others to the virus.
Those exempt include:
-airline and boat crews (excluding cruise ships)
-unaccompanied minors can seek exemption as with those on compassionate or health grounds
Most returning were citizens or Permanent Residents. With the increase in Permanent Residency since 2013 particularly from China through Real Estate Tourism perhaps stronger measures ought to be taken? They may not have spent long prior here in Australia …
What could be more compelling than ensuring the well-being of Constituents? Why increase the risk for Australians from some foreigners made exempt due to compassionate or compelling reasons?
The WHO has advised that it can take longer than 14 days to become infected!
So a traveller could be infected with the virus after release from hotel quarantine.
Government funding for Qantas and Virgin Australia has run out with these airlines now regrounded for international flights. Yet some overseas airlines have resumed flights to Australia!
Four new CoronaVirus cases from returned travellers were found in a Melbourne hotel last week with hotel staff members in self-isolation!
Regarding last week’s parliamentary debate to protect our water at Woronora, to all the people who took the time to gather petition signatures, to send us the completed petitions, to speak to other people about the issue, call and email the politicians – we thank you again. It’s understandable we might all be feeling cynical about our democratic parliamentary process.
We have drafted a longer statement with outstanding questions we would like our politicians to answer… the first page is on our post here. The longer version can be accessed at
Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation. We have consistently stated that water security is a matter that goes beyond politics – no matter what anyone’s political leanings, or position on coal. Woronora Reservoir, our water supply, is a critical public asset that is simply too important to jeopardise.
The petition to protect our water supply was started in good faith with the hope that the democratic process would allow community voices to be heard. We do not believe the recent parliamentary debate applied proper scrutiny to this matter, and we do not accept the government’s assurances that the damage occurring in the Woronora Reservoir catchment is insignificant.
To all the people who took the time to gather petition signatures, to send us the completed petitions, to speak to other people about the issue, call and email the politicians – we thank you, and are so very sorry that you have been ignored.
It would be understandable if you are now feeling cynical about our democratic parliamentary process.
The positive aspect of our efforts – on your part and ours – is that so many more people now realise what is taking place at Woronora Reservoir. The alternative to voicing our concerns is to say nothing, and allow the mining to proceed with no opposition whatsoever.
The debate did not achieve the outcome we were hoping, but community opposition to the mine is clear, and this opposition crosses all sides of the political spectrum, despite the failure of both major parties to take any effective political action.
The question we now have to consider is what action can be taken that will be effective. We’d like to be able to offer an immediate solution, but we are dealing with a multinational mining company that has political access and influence – more than we anticipated. As we’ve learnt over the last few months this company has decades of experience combating community opposition.
We understand the Nature Conservation Council are considering legal action. At the moment that seems the best avenue, and we will keep you posted as this progresses.
We are also considering organising a larger rally once social distancing restrictions are lifted. In terms of the content of the debate, for people who watched this in full, you would have seen that Lee Evans was the only local Sutherland Shire State MP who spoke – and he spoke in support of the mining company, Peabody, not local residents.
At the end of his three minute speech, Mr Evans stated that it would not answer all of our questions. He is correct. Our two other local State MPs, Mark Speakman MP and Eleni Petinos MP did not appear to be in the Chamber when the debate was taking place. They ignored the requests of thousands of local residents who asked them to speak up to protect our water.
For Mr Evans, Mr Speakman and Ms Petinos, yes, there are more questions we would like answered.
We have listed these below. 2 Woronora petition parliamentary debate – Questions for our local State MPs
• Why was a Nationals MP from the upper Hunter Nationals with two Peabody mines in his electorate chosen to speak instead of our local representatives? The Nationals MP, Michael Johnsen, did not contact Sutherland Shire Environment Centre prior to the debate to discuss any of our concerns.
• We would like to know why the politicians who spoke made no mention of issues raised by over 20 independent scientists, who have called for greater scrutiny about the mining taking place in our Special Area catchments? These scientists have questioned the ‘science’ that has been applied to justify the mining taking place, and have called for mining in our water catchments to be suspended “until the cumulative impacts and consequences of mining to date can be reliably assessed and quantified.” They have noted the government’s “dependence on assessment reports prepared by consultants selected and funded by mining companies”, and have stated that “such reports cannot be regarded as independent”.
• We would like to know why our locals State MPs and the Department of Planning have been sending letters to constituents advising the mining is being ‘independently’ monitored by the ‘Woronora Reservoir Impact Strategy Panel’ without disclosing that this Panel is ‘engaged’ by Peabody?
• Several speakers claimed there were negligible water losses from the Reservoir. We note the Department of Planning has rejected requests by WaterNSW for a more detailed water balance study that might determine the accuracy of this claim.
We would like clarification as to why the Department of Planning has rejected the request for a more detailed water balance study by WaterNSW, and has instead taken the advice of consultants who receive grants, and continuing employment, consultancies from the mining industry?
• We would like to know why the Water Minister and Shadow Water Minister did not mention the Water Act and its requirement “to protect and enhance the quality and quantity of water in declared catchment areas”?
We do not believe there is any ‘enhancement’ taking place at Woronora, and we do not accept the government’s assurances that the damage occurring in the Woronora Reservoir catchment is negligible.
We note WaterNSW’s Submission to the recent Independent Expert Panel looking into mining in the catchment which states – “An issue which particularly concerns WaterNSW is that it is anticipated that any additional increases in iron, manganese and possibly aluminum and other species dissolved from undermined catchments will impact on raw water quality delivered to Sydney Water and other customers…metals transported to reservoirs in particulate and/or dissolved forms are more likely to be precipitated and build up in the lake sediments over time.”
We would like to know why the Water Minister and Shadow Water Minister drew on the Independent Expert Panel report to claim there is no damage – and did not mention that this report also states that water returning to the surface from mine workings can ‘leach metals’, and this ‘needs increased attention in mining proposals, especially in the Special Areas where cumulative impacts could have serious negative consequences for reservoir water quality’. 3
• We would like to know why none of the speakers in the debate mentioned the 25 local community groups and environmental conservation organisations that have called for the mining to be stopped?
• We would like to know why the speakers in the debate referred to the history of the Metropolitan mine without once mentioning that it was bought by the Peabody in 2007? Why did only one of the speakers mention Peabody by name, once, obscuring references to the company from the parliamentary Hansard record?
Why was Peabody’s environmental record not mentioned?
Why did the speakers talk of the contribution this mining makes to the economy but not mention that over the last 5 years Peabody made $16.5 billion dollars while paying no tax?
• Why did none of the speakers mention that Peabody dismissed 150 workers from the mine the week prior to the debate, and that the mine is now employing around 200 workers, or less?
We note some of the speakers made reference to 3,500 jobs being jeopardised, claiming that Bluescope is dependent on Peabody’s Metropolitan mine to continue its operations – this is incorrect.
BlueScope Steelworks sources coal from several South Coast mines. Much of the coal from these mines is exported via the Port Kembla Coal Terminal. The same terminal could be used to import coal from the Bowen Basin in QLD.
It does not have to come from beneath the Special Areas of Greater Sydney Water Catchment.
• Weask why the debate was re-scheduled at a time the public gallery in parliament was closed and public gatherings were still not permitted due to social distancing restrictions?
Was this intended to prevent the possibility of community protests?
Why was the debate rescheduled immediately prior to a long weekend when people were allowed to leave Sydney for the first time in months? Mr Evans, Mr Speakman, and Ms Petinos – this is an open letter, and we would like a response to these questions and the issues we have raised here. Our water supply should not look like this.
North-Western Sydney like South-Western Sydney is growing too rapidly …
We were shocked back in July 2018 when we visited ‘The Ponds’ to see how many demountable classrooms were set up then at both the high school and the Riverbank Primary school alongside one another.
NSW Opposition Leader, Jodi McKay is calling for the government to fast track development of more schools … however a simpler solution surely would be for the Morrison Government to cut migration!
Parents at this high school are alleging it will have twice the number of students it was built to cater for!
There is no space!
With 3500 students and almost 70 demountable classrooms in June 2020 when the high school was built for 1100 – 1200 students.
2021 there will be 1850 students, and by 2024 2000 students!
No room for basketball courts and tennis courts …
This electorate of Riverstone has the highest number of demountable classrooms in NSW.
Eight schools have either been upgraded or built in Sydney’s North-west in the last 18 months but this has not been adequate!
HOW come? It is not only related to the high growth for Western Sydney through immigration and visa manipulation, but to accommodate this growth NSW Planning introduced the Greenfields Housing Code for higher density of lots as tiny as 200M2 X 6M wide … and that is apart from high-rise and the Medium-Density Housing Code …
‘Sydney Schools that Need Demountables to Meet Demand’
IN early April 2020 the NDT for the Daily Telegraph did a sympathetic story for the remaining tenants of Ivanhoe Public Housing Estate …
IVANHOE ESTATE was an architect designed Public Housing Estate of apartment blocks and townhouses set in amongst Australian bushland.
Demolition was to begin that week of 6 April even though some residents were still waiting for a replacement home!
The main road that cuts through the estate formed a community for these people over a mere 25 years before they learnt of their fate. It was a happy community conveniently located to the University, the Macquarie Park Shopping Centre, the Business and IT Park, with bus connections across Sydney! And modern housing!
The Liberal Coalition seems bent on demolishing any development aged more than 20 years … no matter that it was built to last as with the Bicentennial Projects of the stadiums and soon the Powerhouse Museum!
Ivanhoe demolished for two thirds private redevelopment … to dovetail with the Federal Government policy enabling developers to market housing projects 100% overseas particularly in China.
CHINA is now discouraging its people from returning to Australia … however the private redevelopment here would have already been purchased … will they onsell?
Perhaps it has now dawned upon Australians that they are being moved along … to get out of the way … whether it be for Public Housing demolitions … or suburban communities rezoned for higher density for new ‘Permanent Residents’ to launder their ‘hot money’ …
IT would seem that since the NSW Liberal Coalition has largely – if not entirely – demolished our Public Housing that on this occasion the Social Housing Sector have managed to get a sizeable share of the 3000 dwellings … with 950 Social Housing! And 128 affordable rental homes allocated … said to all blend with the private development …
… admittedly this is a big stride for this government that normally only provides 5% affordable and/or social housing … because now it really has to do something about homelessness …
Some residents were still on site in 45 homes because they had not been provided with a suitable alternative. The estate had only celebrated its 25th birthday when the tenants learnt of the Government’s plans …
Now after 28 years living in a home, and in a happy community it would be very distressing to be flung off in another direction, and to lose your community!
Read more! Ivanhoe public housing estate at Macquarie Park set to be demolished
CAAN takes a look at a report by Peter Jennings on Foreign Investment Laws
DESPITE the huge sell-out of Australia since 1975 through the foreign acquisition laws … it is only now that the Treasurer has taken further steps for reform …
WAS Australia forsaken by the property sector? When not content with building for the Nation it was granted a ruling to sell 100% of ‘new homes’ overseas particularly in China … it did not stop there … because through buying our real estate these foreign buyers could also gain permanent residency!
It would seem together with the international student market a cabal was formed which has enabled the stealth attack on Australia’s intellectual property … it’s been like a walk in the park …
IT is alleged that Scomo when Treasurer in 2016 closed the loophole for the NT government to lease the Port of Darwin to Chinese-owned Landbridge in 2015 …
Yet despite the federal government having responsibility for national security the lease was issued!
CHINA does not allow foreign investment in its strategic assets …
Obviously with numerous reports on China’s espionage … and NOW Xi Jinping has confirmed the CCP’s control over all businesses including ‘private’ businesses …
-all companies and individuals have to co-operate with China’s intelligence establishment
Based on Australia’s experiences so far with China’s cyber and individual spying on our Parliament, political parties, government departments, universities and businesses … why engage further?
AS they acquire our Property (residential, agricultural and commercial) and the Silent Invasion of members of the CCP proceeds …
How can we be sure of preventing such espionage?
WHY go there? The World is a big place …
OBVIOUSLY with no protection for Australia’s National Estate … our Title Deeds perhaps our Biggest Export … is it any wonder that Beijing displays such contempt?
Chinese investment into our universities and research institutions has been large …
WHY was Australia slow to grasp that with Chinese ‘co-operation’ in our research that our intellectual property would benefit the PLA?
HOW will compliance requirements and penalties possibly be sufficient?
NOT much in this for Australia because there is no retrospectivity with the laws once passed! Australia has to live with the repercussions of the loss of a large share of the electricity grid, gas pipelines, and ports now owned by the Chinese!
Peter Jennings has come up with a solution that the government use its constitutional powers on national security grounds to take back control of the Darwin Port; and remunerate Landbridge.
Why doesn’t the Federal Government take the Port back?
Further, that the US, the UK, Canada and other democracies are also big investors in Australia … with China eliminated that could well encourage more involvement from others! Not that we all agree with foreign acquisition …
HASN’T taking China’s money been at the price of Australia’s national security and values too high a price to pay? … And it seems to have been totally unnecessary!
READ MORE from Peter Jennings, ‘China will be surprised how long it took us to act on Foreign Investment Laws’
WILL the Outcome from the CV Pandemic be a Return to a Sustainable Multi-Cultural Migrant Intake from across the Globe?
Because these ABC journalists, Bang Xiao, Christina Zhou and Iris Zhao wrote this report, ‘How the coronavirus pandemic could shift the multicultural make-up of our society’.
WITH Australia having the highest concentration of international students … did anyone … including foreign students ponder how long this could continue with a majority of overseas students occupying places in Australian Universities?
DUE to the Pandemic it has come to a head perhaps sooner … whereby the PM has had no alternative but tosuggest they ‘go home’!
Was there not a similar unpleasant response across the globe? With a World-wide Recession underway? Resembling that of the Great Depression of the 1930s ….
Were these students unaware that in their large numbers they have replaced Australians by paying full enrolment fees?
That these students have been ‘cash cows‘ to fund our Universities due to Government withdrawal of funding?
Numerous reports have been issued concerning the impact of a large cohort of International Students with:
-disruption to lectures due to some students having poor English language skills
-cheating; lowering of standards
-less places for Australian students
-high Australian youth unemployment and underemployment with increased competition from student/visa workers
Prior to the pandemic unemployment and underemployment was at 19.7%, and for years, the Labor opposition, unions, economists and others have been urging the government to increase ‘Newstart’ which was below the poverty line. With it being rebadged as ‘JobSeeker’ the payment was increased but it is due to return to below the poverty line rate in September!
Many Australians have lost their jobs, and many more may lose the security of their homes due to the Pandemic … so the Government does need to look after its citizens first!
Due to trade, tourism and the Australian property market largely targeting China, Australia no longer appears to be so ‘multicultural’ … this concentration has intensified since 2013 …
Perhaps it would be good to diversify esp. with the threats coming from China, and those with vested interests?
It would seem that Australian Universities need to demand government funding to ensure security of intelligence and R & D esp. since the cyber attacks on data at the ANU! And the interference from Confuscious Institutes … an example being the UQ and its suspension of Philosophy Student, Drew Pavlou.
View this report: ‘ UQ management “tip of the iceberg of a totally corrupted system” ‘
and Search CAAN Website for more about Drew Pavlou and the University of Queensland.
ONCE again it is put that in Australia not rendering financial support to international students that this may discourage future enrolments, and a loss of the alleged fourth largest export sector.
HOWEVER, Macro Business questioned the veracity of a $37.6B contribution to our economy supporting 240,000 jobs following a media release by Education Minister Dan Tehan in November 2019 that education exports had grown by $5B in 2018-19. Further, that the ABS found the sector had grown by 15%.
BUT what is not mentioned are tuition fees and expenses while studying in Australia and their goods and services of $20B that they pay for from working in Australia as they study outweigh enrolment fees of $15B in 2018.
‘International students work here to pay for their living expenses just as Australian students do!‘
IT has been the lure of ‘Permanent Residency’ that has enticed the majority of these international students.
Now the Pandemic has been a cruel blow! But not only for International Students but Australians with many unable to gain a place at University …
Prof. Salvatore Babones’ research (August 2018) reveals that Australia has the highest concentration of international students; with the UK and Canada following
Total overseas student enrolments increased to 918,000 including 435,000 enrolled in Universities.
Overseas students accounted for more than 80% of some of Queensland’s most popular university courses
-foreign students filled some 75% of places in key university courses
-occupy 82.4% of places in IT courses at University of the Sunshine Coast; 2 thirds of places at James Cook and University of Southern Queensland
-at UQ in exchange for selling places to Chinese students it gains $250M a year
-overseas students outnumber Australian students in IT, management and commerce courses
CIS Emeritus Professor Steven Schwartz, a former vice-chancellor of Macquarie University in Sydney and Murdoch University in Perth, said foreign students flock to courses likely to lead to jobs and permanent residency, such as IT and management.
“Permanent residency is one of the main motivations to study in Australia,’’ he said.
“If suddenly permanent residency was given to people who study poetry, it’s likely they’d all be doing poetry.”
SO next time you hear of an Australian politician extolling the benefits of an alleged $37.6 B International Student Export Industry update them on what is really happening!
Read more: ‘The uni courses being taken over by foreign students’
Cash-hungry universities are offering more places to fee-paying foreigners than to local students in 64 courses nationally, data obtained exclusively by The Courier-Mail reveals.
FOR years … decades … Australians have been subject to callous treatment by politicians and Liberal Coalition Governments with WorkChoices by Stealth; the casualisation of the workforce; competition from Visa workers for jobs (introduced by Howard Govt)
Come September those Australians in receipt of JobSeeker (previously known as Newstart) will have this payment cut to return to below the Poverty Line!
PRIOR to the Pandemic Unemployment had reached 19.7 %
No doubt there is even more hardship to be experienced across Our Society … unbeknowns no doubt to many … with the Morrison Government only announcing in 2019 of its cut to migration to 160,000 as it overlooked the 2.3 Million Temp. Visa holders in the country …
Yet the 2019 Budget estimates reveal high levels of net overseas migration (NOM) to rise to 263,000 in 2022.
Will the Morrison Government put Australian workers and jobs first and desist with the high temporary migrant visas of some 2.2 , or 2.3 Million p.a.??
Hence even more competition for jobs, housing, and lowering of living standards … for the incumbents …
ASK why demographers like Liz Allen deliver this message that Australia would be:
“economically and culturally poorer” as a result of near-zero international migration due to border lockdowns.
WHEN our Unemployment is at 20% (or more), and with largely people from China targeted for migrant intake where is the cultural diversity? Australians are now enjoying a reprieve from traffic gridlock, the crush in schools, buses and trains, and would prefer the lockdown to remain!
LIZ Allen perhaps ought contemplate … Liz ought to get around … and see for herself the demographic change across Sydney in Chatswood, Macquarie Park, Epping, Ryde to name a few and contemplate how this may impact Australians when they are now in a minority? What of job opportunities for Australians within this demographic change?
To find that all shopping malls, shopping strips, restaurants, cafes, the businesses, and shopping centre seating are taken over by new ‘Permanent Residents’, and some even speak to Australians in an authoritarian manner! As where we live is rezoned for higher density, ‘new homes’ sold by developers to these overseas buyers … and so on!
During this Pandemic despite the ‘Social Distancing’ signage many of these people disregard the guidelines and walk up behind in groups too close to Australians in their midst!
HOW discriminatory is that? Some Australians may be annoyed by this …
LET alone the facts of very poor even KRUPT Government policy allowing such overseas Visa holders to buy our Real Estate with ‘hot money’ … as many as six ‘new homes’ on a Guardian Visa … etc, etc …
The Real Estate Gatekeepers having been made exempt from Anti-money Laundering Laws in October 2018 by the Morrison Government.
WHY does Liz Allen say that ‘Australia desperately needed migrants to stay and contribute to maintaining the economy, and, in time, rebuilding after the pandemic passes’ ? WHEN Australia already has 20% plus Unemployment?
WHOSE interests does Liz Allen represent?
FOLLOWING the devastation of the Pandemic what country if any, is likely to offer better options?
Liz Allen continued to beat up Australians with her emphasis on ‘White Australia policy sentiments’ which bears no resemblance to the multi-cultural society that we have had until the past seven years …
IN regard to the matters we have referred to it would appear that in fact contrary to Ms Allen that Australians have borne the brunt of very poooor government policies.
That since the advent (some would say the onset) of the Liberal Coalition, living standards, quality of life, lowest wages growth for 60 years, and insecure work, unaffordable housing etc, etc … that let’s hope the Australian Government does focus on keeping Australians in work and business now and beyond the CoronaVirus!
Read more from this article: ‘How the coronavirus pandemic could shift the multicultural make-up of our society’.