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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 2675

Mr ASHLEY-BROWN (MITCHELL, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Housing and Minister for Works aware of a report on the price of land made for the Institute of Real Estate Developers by a Mr A. S. Tyler, former head of the New South Wales Ministry of Housing, which suggests that Federal and State governments should buy housing land to help reduce costs? Did Mr Tyler describe the price of serviced home sites in outer western suburbs of Sydney as outrageous' and suggest that where land was to be released for urban development the price should be pegged?

Mr Les Johnson (HUGHES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I saw the report prepared by Mr Tyler and noted some of the significant points that it contained. One was to the effect that the price of land in the outer western suburbs of Sydney had increased fivefold over the last 5 years. I noticed also that Mr Tyler had recommended that governments should be prepared to acquire land when it was made available for development. I believe that these are highly virtuous contentions. He has taken attitudes which are very much in compliance with the views of the Australian Government and I personally feel very fortified as a result of the provisions of that report. Perhaps the most significant aspect of the report is that this gentleman, who was the chief administrative officer of the New South Wales Department of Housing, has trenchantly criticised the New South Wales Government for its failure to exercise any control over the price of land. In that respect I am sure that he shares the hope which members of this Government have, that in the event of this Government being clothed with powers over prices in the near future it will be prepared to fill a vacuum in any part of Australia, in any State, where the State government itself does not exercise the power it already has to regulate the price of land. The points made by Mr Tyler are in compliance with those incorporated in the policies of the Australian Labor Party and have a great deal of relationship to matters already being put in train by my colleague the Minister for Urban and Regional Development.

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