Housing Regional Victoria

Home ownership unimportant to out of touch Premier

21 March 2022

Home ownership is still important to young people in country Victoria.

That’s the message Member for Euroa Steph Ryan wants to send to Premier Daniel Andrews after his comments last week that ownership is not such a big thing’ and people were happy to ‘rent on secure terms’.

“I was shocked by Daniel Andrews’ comments,” Ms Ryan said.

“If Labor MPs think young people don’t care about owning their own home, they need to get out and talk to real people a bit more.

“The availability and affordability of housing is one of the biggest challenges facing our region.”

Ms Ryan said the Andrews Government had introduced 42 new taxes, almost half of which were property based.

“The Andrews Labor Government is taxing young people out of home ownership,” Ms Ryan said.

“The young people I speak to absolutely want to own their own homes, but they are struggling to get a foothold into the market because of high property prices and the huge taxes Labor is levying.

“Last year the Andrews Government introduced a new housing bill which will add tens of thousands of dollars to a new housing build in regional Victoria.

“The government had to back down on yet another housing tax this month after outrage about the impacts on potential homeowners.

“The Andrews Government is taxing home owners because it is looking for new revenue streams after blowing the state budget on poorly managed, city-based projects that have blown out by billions of dollars.

Ms Ryan said The Victorian Nationals have a positive plan to make the Australian dream a reality.

“If elected to government the Victorian Nationals will bring 50,000 new plots of land to market across regional Victoria so people can buy a house and live in their own community,” Ms Ryan said.

“We need to cut red tape and make the planning process work for regional Victorians.

“We have a positive plan to help regional areas recover and rebuild after years of neglect from the Andrews Government.”

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