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Your views: on affordable housing targets, and the NBN

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Today, readers comment on a policy which has failed to provide new city housing for low-income buyers, and the National Broadband Network.

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Commenting on the story: Affordable housing target would “sledgehammer” us: developers

The articles you have been featuring on inclusionary zoning raise important questions.

National Shelter is the peak NGO body representing the interests of low income Australians and last year conducted a significant project on inclusionary zoning.

The project found broad support in the property industry and the general public for mandating levels of social and affordable housing in all new residential developments.

You will be aware that South Australia has been losing social housing at a greater rate than any other jurisdiction, and the establishment of a 15% affordable housing measure in SA has been applauded nationally.

There are important economic, social and practical reasons to mandate a level of social and affordable housing to make our cities more functional, vibrant and fair.

The arguments by Daniel Gannon, the Property Council, who in Sydney and elsewhere have supported inclusionary zoning, and others, should not deter legislators from pursuing a mandatory requirement for 15% of all new developments designated for social and affordable housing preferably in equal measure (7.5% social 7.5% affordable).

Specific developments would then need to show strong evidence and reason for any variation.

The social and affordable housing would be well managed by Community Housing Providers if the State chose not to, and the city would benefit from developments which integrate various housing tenures. -Adrian Pisarski, Executive Officer, National Shelter

I live in the south of Adelaide. Nearly all homes sell for well under the affordable benchmark of $354,000.

It strikes me as a ridiculous policy to mandate affordable homes in the inner city.

If you want affordable housing, come south or north of the city and you’ll buy houses at two- thirds of the affordable value without any government subsidy or intervention.

Leave the inner city to the Yuppies.

What next? Affordable housing in Springfield? – John Wyk

Commenting on the story: We regret helping create NBN: Telstra

We are genuinely shocked at how bad the internet is in Australia, and to discover that there is actually a cap on how fast it can go which makes it …I want to say third world standard, but I simply haven’t experienced worse anywhere in the world. 

To think that this was done on purpose, at vast cost, and that Australians are therefore permanently handicapped in relation to the rest of the world.

Heads should roll.

But instead massive profits are being made, at our expense. – Cathy Chua

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