As it happened in Parliament House
Thursday, August 3, 2017
The Leader of the NSW Opposition, Luke Foley and his Deputy, Michael Daley have both pledged to implement Labor’s affordable housing policy, if they win power in March 2019.
Speaking at the reading in the New South Wales Parliament, of “Right to Home”, the St Vincent de Paul petition on Affordable Housing, Mr Foley said, “A Labor Government led by me will mandate that 25 per cent of dwellings will be affordable housing.
On privately developed lands, we have adopted a target of 15 per cent—that is, a Labor Government led by me will mandate that 15 per cent of new floor space on privately developed land will be affordable housing.”
Earlier that afternoon, speaking at the “Right to Home” campaign event in the NSW Parliament House Theatrette, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Michael Daley made a solemn promise in front of over 170 supporters of the petition to bring Labor’s Affordable Housing policy into law, were they to win government in 2019.
St Vincent de Paul has collected over 16,300 signatures from people who support their stance that the government should change planning laws so that at least 15 percent of new residential developments are set aside for affordable housing.
That petition was read in the NSW Parliament on Thursday 3 August and was presented to Parliament by the Liberal member for Epping, Damian Tudehope.
Mr Foley thanked Mr Tudehope for bringing the petition into Parliament especially as he pointed out that it was not government policy.
He said the issue need not be partisan and he was hopeful that “the adoption of ambitious targets for social and affordable housing can be committed to and delivered by both sides of Government.”
In his speech Mr Tudehope said that a bipartisan approach to people living close to where they work has been adopted by the Greater Sydney Commission in its draft plans and he was hopeful that high density development close to railway stations would provide the Government an opportunity to provide affordable rental housing as part of the 30-minute city.
However, he along with two other government ministers argued against a 15 percent target on all floor space in new developments being made available for affordable rental housing.
While he said this target was laudable, he argued for caution, that this did not cause a stagnation in the supply market.
He said it is only one model of many that could be used to deal with the housing crisis.
He said that Inclusionary Zoning as it is termed has been adopted in New York, yet there is a question as to whether it actually works.
Anthony Roberts, the Minister for Planning and the Minister for Housing argued against mandated targets, saying that, “It can be misleading to set unrealistic targets for the achievement of affordable housing without consideration being given to local market conditions.”
And the member for Parramatta, Geoff Lee said that, “Mandating builders to provide affordable housing is risky. We must be careful not to pass the cost of providing affordable housing on to those who do not qualify for affordable housing, which would create further price inflation.
Most agree that a major part of the answer is increasing supply.”
The Greens support a 30 percent inclusionary zoning target, Jenny Leong, Member for Newtown commended the St Vincent de Paul Society and the Sydney Alliance for pushing for Inclusionary Zoning Targets and said, “We are seeing here a bidding war on the percentages, and that is a true sign of a community campaign that is moving in the right direction.
People are now talking about the percentages they can offer.
They have accepted the petitioners’ commitment to seeing affordable housing targets set in new development as a way to address the housing affordability crisis.”
Hansard for Legislative Assembly, Thursday August 3, 2017
Discussion on Affordable Housing begins at 4.30pm page 57-60