Viv Forbes, “Government committee a sick joke,” The Australian Financial Review, January 3, 1986, p. 9, as a letter to the editor. A similar version appeared as Viv Forbes, “The sick joke of the year,” The Weekend Australian, February 15-16, 1986, p. 14, as a letter to the editor.
SIR, For the Government to set up a committee to plan the “Year of the Homeless” is surely a sick joke, (AFR, December 18). Government committees have probably created more homeless people in Australia than Cyclone Tracy and the Brisbane flood combined.
The problem starts at the land development stage, where the maze of regulations and the ponderous decision making process delays most developments for up to three years. For many projects, it can take longer to complete the paperwork and get the approvals than to do the job.
Then, when approvals are obtained, they specify standards that an increasing number of homeless Australians cannot afford. Moreover, the insistence by government committees on minimum sizes for housing blocks has forced urban sprawl and increased the cost of water, roads, sewerage, power, transport and land for all home-owners.
Should the poor home buyer get to the building stage and need finance, he finds that well has run dry. If he had the time to investigate the reason, he would find that other committees of bureaucrats had already seized the funds to build billion dollar parliament houses, huge “cultural” centres or ivory towers overseas for recipients of foreign aid.
Should he be so lucky as to get his house plans and his finance approved, he then is forced to use only the high-cost builders and lawyers who are licensed by the government. If he passes this hurdle he still has to find thousands of dollars in stamp duties for which no recognisable service is received.
And it is no use for our homeless regulation refugees to seek to rent a home. There are battalions of bureaucrats ensuring that few rental properties reach the market. The unfortunate landlord is hit with a bevy of taxes, rates, fees and inspectors and is also forced to contend with an avalanche of hostile legislation designed to “assist tenants”. Since when are tenants helped by harassing landlords out of business?
The biggest single cause of homelessness in Australia is political. Appointing another government committee is like trying to cure a sick man by giving him a more powerful dose of the same poison which made him sick in the first place.
The homeless of Australia know that more laws, more regulations and more taxes do not build more houses — they build fewer. Apart from ensuring a fair field and no favours, the housing regulators should stick to politics and let the creators and the builders get on with the job of housing the homeless.
Tax Payers United,
- Lang Hancock's Five Point Plan to Cripple Australia
- Put Windmills in National Parks
- Magnifying National Disasters
- Please Don't Feed the Animals
- Buy Birdsville Made?
- The Economics of Flood Risk
- Touring Bureaucrats
- Our slip-shod laws to blame
- Why Wind Won't Work
- A Profusion of "Prices"
- R.I.P. Ron Kitching - pioneer, explorer, author, family man, entrepreneur, scholar
- The Carbon Pollution Lie
- Closing Down Australia
- The Anti-Industry
- The Pyramid Builders
- Carbon Tax Bribery
- Crown Monopolies
- Carbon Tax Job Losses
- What Next, a Tax on Water?
- Carbon Health Warnings Coming Soon
- Growth Mythology
- The Tax Collection Industry
- Propaganda Puts Paid to Proof
- The Milk of the Welfare Teat is Watered Down
- "Crops for Cars" as Bad as Everlasting Drought
- Poll speech sets record
- The Emissions Trading Casino
- The Contract Society
- A Model Ministry
- The Five Point Plan to kill the economy with High Cost Electricity
- Put a Sunset Clause in the Carbon Tax
- Stuck on Red
- Time to Butcher "Aussie Beef"
- Carbon Tax Lies and Bribes
- The Middle of the Road
- United against taxes
- Call for Govt administrator
- Property & Prosperity
- "The Science is Settled" BUT Durban Climate Summit Not Cancelled
- No End to Fuelish Policies?
- The Right to Discriminate
- Sell the CES
- Free Water Costs Too Dam Much
- Creating Unemployment
- Viv Forbes Wins 1986 Adam Smith Award
- 1985 news item on Tax Payers United, Centre 2000 and the Australian Adam Smith Club
- Having the numbers is not the same as having the truth
- Who's Who in the Workers Party
- David Russell Leads 1975 Workers Party Queensland Senate Team
- Caught in a welfare whirlpool
- Global Warming Season
- Mining in Queensland, Past, Present and Future
- WEATHER IS USUALLY UNUSUAL
- Political branch formed
- Ron Manners on the Workers Party
- Viv Forbes on Libertarian Strategy and the Constant Resources Myth
- The New Brisbane Line?
- Carbon Lies
- We Mine to Live
- Save the taxpayer
- Solving Three Canberra Problems
- Vested Interests in the Climate Debate
- Carbon Tax Retrospective?
- Carbon Price Propaganda Taxes the Truth
- Don't Burn Food for Motor Spirit - Feed People not Cars
- Two Big Climate Taxes
- Greens Rediscover Hydrogen Car
- Atlas of Australia
- Shutting Out The Sun
- Safety Mania
- Coal - Sinking in the Swamps
- Hobbling the Competition
- Cubic Currency Coming
- "Dear Government"
- Viv Forbes mocks Flannery in 1988
- What we have is not a drug problem but a drug law problem
- Smoking, Health and Freedom
- Privatise Now! while they are still worth something
- The Electoral Act should allow voters to choose "none of the above"
- The New Federalism
- Sunset for Solar Subsidies
- The mouse will roar
- The Road to Homelessness
- Planning & Prosperity
- Viv Forbes and Jim Fryar vs Malcolm Fraser in 1979
- Quip, Quote, Rant and Rave: four of Viv Forbes' letters to the editor in The Australian in 1979
- Australia's First Official Political Party Poet Laureate: The Progress Party's Ken Hood in 1979
- Our homeless regulation refugees
- Progress Party and Workers Party lead The Australian
- Viv Forbes in 1978 on loss-making government, the Berlin Wall and misdirected blasts of hot-air