Fraser Barton and Marty Silk report in the Canberra Times
(13.9.22) on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement of a housing summit to address Queensland’s growing housing and rental affordability crisis.
‘The Queensland premier has promised a state housing summit next month will produce a set of “key actions” to ease the ongoing crisis.
‘The summit comes almost a year after it was first proposed by social services, charities, local governments, property and employer groups and construction companies. Round-table talks to plan for the gathering are due to be held on Friday.
‘Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says the summit will consider land supplies and social housing, but all options are on the table.
‘… There is a severe shortage of homes in Queensland, with 27,437 households on the waiting list for government housing, and tight private rental vacancy rates.’
With Queensland renters desperate, calls for compassion from landlords are no substitute for housing policy
Ben Smee reports in The Guardian (19.10.22) on the upcoming state housing summit, suggesting that governments need to overcome a reluctance to intervene in the property market in order to ease the housing crisis.
‘The Queensland housing minister, Leeanne Enoch, this week urged “compassion” from real estate agents, after revelations some had advised landlords to hike rents by more than 20%.
‘Many of those who understand the pointy end of the housing crisis – people living in tents and cars, and unable to find secure and affordable housing – found the housing minister’s comments underwhelming.
‘On Thursday, the state will hold an affordable housing summit, attempting to address growing homelessness, soaring rents and record low property vacancy rates. Calls for compassion are no substitute for housing policy. And Enoch is uniquely placed to do something about that.
‘… And so the key question for Thursday’s housing summit. When the government talks about making housing more affordable, does it really mean making houses more affordable to buy, and rent? Or is it going to outsource that responsibility by just asking landlords to show compassion?’