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MEDIA RELEASE

MINISTER FOR

HOUSING AND CONSTRUCTION The Hon. Chris HURFORD M.P.

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OPPOSITION HOUSING POLICY A SHAM

"The O p p o s i t i o n ha s no u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f t h e i m p o r t a n c e o f h o u s i n g t o

y o u n g A u s t r a l i a n f a m i l i e s " , t h e M i n i s t e r f o r Hous i ng and C o n s t r u c t i o n

and M i n i s t e r A s s i s t i n g t h e T r e a s u r e r , C h r i s H u r f o r d , s a i d i n C o o l a n g a t t a

t o d a y .

"Andrew P e a c o c k ' s r a d i o and t e l e v i s i o n a d d r e s s t o l a u n c h t h e L i b e r a l

P a r t y Campai gn makes n o t one me n t i o n o f t h e O p p o s i t i o n ' s h o u s i n g p o l i c y .

" I n t h e 20 mont hs o f t h e Hawke La bor Gove r nme nt , t h e L i b e r a l s d i d n o t ask

one q u e s t i o n w i t h o u t n o t i c e on h o u s i n g o f me i n t h e P a r l i a m e n t .

" S i n c e A p r i l 1984, t h e O p p o s i t i o n has i s s u e d 25 s p e c i f i c p o l i c i e s . But

n o t one word on h o u s i n g .

"The 53 page O p p o s i t i o n - p o l i c y s t a t e m e n t c o n t a i n s l e s s t h a n one page on

h o u s i n g . Even t h a t i s v a g u e , c o n f u s e d and c o n t r a d i c t o r y .

"The s t a t e m e n t c o n t a i n s a f i r m commi t ment t o d e r e g u l a t i o n o f h o u s i n g

i n t e r e s t r a t e s , l e s s t h a n a f o r t n i g h t a f t e r Andrew Pe a c o c k g u a r a n t e e d

t h e A u s t r a l i a n e l e c t o r a t e h o u s i n g i n t e r e s t r a t e c o n t r o l s woul d be

m a i n t a i n e d .

" I t c o n t a i n s a commi t ment t o r e t a i n t h e F i r s t Home Owner s A s s i s t a n c e

Scheme, whi c h woul d have been more r e a s s u r i n g i f t h e O p p o s i t i o n had been

a b l e t o g e t t h e name, t h e F i r s t Home Owners Scheme, c o r r e c t .

" I t a c k n o wl e d g e s t h e Commonweal t h' s r e s p o n s i b i l i t y t o c o - o p e r a t e w i t h t h e

S t a t e s i n a s s i s t i n g t h e d i s a d v a n t a g e d o b t a i n h o u s i n g . T h i s , comi ng f r om

p a r t i e s whi c h i n Gover nment s l a s h e d f u n d i n g f o r p u b l i c h o u s i n g by 60 p e r

c e n t i n r e a l t e r ms and l e f t A u s t r a l i a w i t h a s h o c k i n g l e g a c y o f h o u s i n g

p o v e r t y , s h o u l d be t r e a t e d w i t h t h e c o n t e mp t i t d e s e r v e s .

"The O p p o s i t i o n has no h o u s i n g p o l i c y .

" I t i s a t t e m p t i n g t o p e r p e t r a t e a f r a u d on t h e A u s t r a l i a n e l e c t o r a t e .

"By c o n t r a s t , t h e Hawke La b o r Gover nment ha s i n c r e a s e d f u n d i n g f o r p u b l i c

h o u s i n g by 50 p e r c e n t .

"We i n t r o d u c e d t h e F i r s t Home Owners Scheme, and b r o u g h t home o wn e r s h i p

wi t h i n t h e r e a c h o f t h o u s a n d s o f young A u s t r a l i a n f a m i l i e s o f l i m i t e d

m e a n s .

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"Since we came t o o f f i c e , housi ng s t a r t s are up 30 per c e n t . We are

going t o keep i t t h a t way. In 1984-85, 145, 000 new d we l l i n g s w i l l s t a r t

t o be b u i l t . We s h a l l ma i n t a i n a t l e a s t t h i s l e v el of housing a c t i v i t y .

"The housing i n d u s t r y w i l l never again slump i n t o t h e d e s p a i r of t he

p e r i o d b e f o r e we came t o o f f i c e , when Andrew Peacock was M i n i s t e r

r e s p o n s i b l e f o r t h e housi ng i n d u s t r y .

Canberr a 16 November, 1984

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