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Regional Housing Affordability – John Barilaro Hansard Script
Mr CHRISTOPHER GULAPTIS ( Clarence ) ( 14:38 ): My question is addressed to the Deputy Premier. Will the Deputy Premier advise the House how the approach of the New South Wales Government to housing affordability will benefit regional New South Wales?
Mr JOHN BARILARO ( Monaro—Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional New South Wales, Minister for Skills, and Minister for Small Business) (14:38): The member for Clarence is passionate about regional New South Wales and in his capacity as Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Planning he understands how to grapple with the issues to make sure regional communities are planning for the future.
On this side of the House we know the importance of regional New South Wales and how fantastic it is to live there. That is why today’s announcement about first home owners is significant for regional New South Wales. The average price of a home in regional New South Wales is around $365,000. Yet today we announced a stamp duty exemption of up to $650,000 for new or existing homes. That makes regional New South Wales an attractive proposition for many of the young people in the gallery today who want to buy their first home.
It is so important that when we deliver homes, we deliver them across the State. This package—the stamp duty exemption and the First Home Owner Grant of $10,000—is not just for Sydney, but also for regional New South Wales. I am excited to be part of the Premier’s vision to make sure that housing affordability and owning your own home is no longer a dream but a reality for so many young people in this State. If people buy a property that costs around $650,000, the stamp duty exemption is about $24,000, plus the $10,000 First Home Owner Grant. That is a significant investment by the Government to help young people get into their first home. That is fantastic.
I look forward to seeing more young people moving to great regional centres such as Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Dubbo, Bathurst, Armidale, Tamworth or Wagga Wagga. Remember “Labor’s $300 million ten‑point plan to address the housing affordability crisis”? Today’s announcement was $4 billion to make sure we deal with the supply side and affordability and that we assist young people into homes. Looking at the brochure, I think the same people designed Bill Shorten’s jobs ad—the diversity, or lack thereof. Let us have a look at Luke Foley’s lack of diversity. It looks like I cannot buy a home under Labor’s plan. I would have thought the Leader of the Opposition, as the member for Auburn, would have had more diversity in his brochure.
The SPEAKER: Order! There is too much audible conversation in the Chamber.
Mr JOHN BARILARO: We remember this plan: the $300 million ten-point plan. It says things like, “Labor will examine new models”, “Labor will examine new opportunities”, “Labor will examine new shared equity models. ” That is typical of Labor: Those opposite talk and talk and talk, and do nothing. Why do they not do anything? They are never in a position to do anything because they use debt and deficit to invest for the future. Those opposite come to this House at this time and question us about what we are doing for young people in this State.
The SPEAKER: Order! I direct the member for Bankstown to remove herself from the Chamber for a period of three hours.
[Pursuant to sessional order the member for Bankstown left the Chamber at 14.43.]
The SPEAKER: Order! If the member for Cessnock continues to interject he will also be removed from the Chamber.
Mr JOHN BARILARO: Let us be clear, Labor’s promised to release 20,000 lots for new houses over the next 10 years. In the past five years the Government has led 63 rezonings and unlocked 37,400 new homes. We have another 35 key rezoning proposals ahead of us for another 21,700 new homes. Dwelling approvals in this State were at an historic high of 73,000 in the 12 months to January. So Labor was going to be short by 39,000 homes. Who was going to miss out? It would be a lottery under Labor. But I bet it would be regional New South Wales that would miss out under Labor. We always miss out under Labor. Labor’s track record in relation to regional New South Wales is one of contempt for country people.
The SPEAKER: Order! I call the member for Port Stephens to order for the first time.
Mr JOHN BARILARO: The Labor Party said that it would appoint a Minister for Housing. I am going to lend them Robbo. [Extension of time]
The SPEAKER: Order! I call member for Strathfield to order for the second time. She will resume her seat.
Mr JOHN BARILARO: Labor made that announcement like it was something new—”We are going to have a housing Minister”. But there was Craig Knowles, Andrew Refshauge, Carl Scully, Matt Brown—remember Matt Brown? Where is Noreen?
Mr Troy Grant: Captain Underpants.
Mr JOHN BARILARO: Captain Underpants! Remember him? They announced that as something fresh and new—”We are going to have a housing Minister.” But Labor had them in the past. Those opposite do not want to talk about Mr Scully because he was supposed to replace Bob Carr. Remember that? He was doing the work; they were wearing out the carpet to his office, lining up the numbers. We remember that Mr Scully was a friend of Jodi’s mates Joe Tripodi and Eddie Obeid.
Mr Clayton Barr: Point of order: My point of order relates to Standing Order 129. The question was about housing affordability in regional New South Wales and the Minister is now talking about some historical leadership exchange from a time before he was born.
The SPEAKER: Order! The Minister is talking about housing Ministers, past and present. He remains relevant to the question. There is no point of order. I call the member for Port Stephens to order for the second time. She will cease shouting.
Mr JOHN BARILARO: If we look at the Labor Party’s past and its track record, we can see clearly that it has had no plan for young people in this State. Those opposite had no plan in relation to supply, they had no plan for affordable housing, they had no plan for first home owners in this State and they had no plan for the next generation of young people to help them buy the Australian dream. They have no plan for regional New South Wales. All they are interested in is coming to this place and playing politics with the future of the next generation. Today’s announcement about first home owners in this State has clearly put regional New South Wales back on the map. I encourage young people to look to regional New South Wales as a place not only to buy their first home, but also to raise their family.