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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 2 March 1994



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 2 March 1994

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Parliamentary Record 25


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Wednesday 2 March 1994 Possibly the main problem with the CLP's housing strategy is the slow release of land at affordable rates for first-home buyers, and the massive concentration of public funds on projects that would put land packages on to the market at $200 000 or higher. The effect of slow land release is being felt in the marketplace. The value of new residential building in the Northern Territory was down 12# in the December quarter of 1993. compared to the previous year. This is the most recent full quarter for which figures are available. In the same quarter, the value of national residential building grew by 6.5#- For the 3 months to the end of January 1994, the value of private sector residential building was 21# lower than for the corresponding period in the preceding year. These figures indicate that, after a solid year of new building associated with the defence build-up, the Territory's housing sector is now falling behind national trends. Many complaints have been received recently from the private real estate sector that the cost of land is now discouraging first-home buyers. It is for this reason that Territory Labor's urban development strategy has as its cornerstone the supply of cheap land to encourage home building and population stabilisation and growth. We must turn around the net outwards migration that we have continued to suffer under Country Liberal Party maladministration. A number of facts characterise the Territory housing situation on which I believe we all agree. These include the low level of home ownership relative to the states, the high incidence of single people in the population, a relatively expensive private- rental market, the rise in waiting times for public housing, and the unique needs of Aboriginal people, especially traditional people in remote areas. Housing is a basic necessity of life. Labor supports the housing industry as an important generator of employment both in the building industry and in related sectors of the economy. Territory Labor believes that Territorians must have access to housing at a price within their means and at an appropriate and acceptable standard. Our objectives in government will be: (1) development of a stable, home-grown and Territory-based building industry that provides opportunities for local employment, local apprenticeships and flow-on opportunities in the building supplies industry; (2) increasing the proportion of Territorians who own their accommodation; (3) to give priority to the provision of public housing to provide for the needs of those unable to afford home ownership; (4) to assist those on low and moderate incomes to achieve home ownership. (5) efficient delivery of public housing services; (6) provision for the housing needs of remote communities and elderly Territorians; (7) provision of adequate crisis accommodation; (8) reform of tenancy law to state clearly and to protect the respective rights of landlords and tenants and to provide mechanisms for conflict resolution; 11 321

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