State needs to be less greedy on construction

About 40 per cent of the cost of a new home goes towards government costs and taxes. This needs to change

Changes to housing rules made today, frustratingly, won’t be seen for about two years because of the lag involved between introducing legislative amendments and the glacially slow process of enacting them.

There has been a series of ideas in the pipeline recently, including a new fast-track planning process for developments over 100 units, new building height guidelines, new apartment guidelines, the introduction of a Land Development Agency, etc.

And yet, according to a ...