Harper Review Flags Need For Affordable Housing Reform
The need for national competition
policy reforms that target housing affordability has been highlighted by the Harper Competition Policy Review’s Draft Report.
“Released yesterday, the draft report
correctly identified the link between less affordable housing and inefficient
planning and zoning processes,” Wilhelm Harnisch CEO of Master Builders
“However the Harper Review’s draft recommendations
need further review to be effective in reforming local government reform
planning and zoning processes. This is important given the impact of local council
red and green tape on the community’s access to affordable housing,” Wilhelm
“Inefficiency at the local level is a
major obstacle to affordable home ownership because it unnecessarily drives up
the cost of construction and chokes the supply of new housing,” he said.
“Reforms that increase housing stock would
more effectively target housing affordability pressures than abolishing
“Tackling the nation’s massive housing
undersupply will ensure access to affordable homeownership, provide adequate
social housing and allow the housing industry to do its job and drive increased
investment in non-mining sectors of the economy,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.
“Master Builders response to the Harper
Review’s Draft Report will reinforce the building and construction industry’s need
for bold competition policy reforms that target solutions for these major
issues and call on the Government to consult with business to ensure that reforms
are actively pursued and implemented,” Wilhelm Harnisch said.
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