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Oct 13th, 2017 at 6:40am
 
One in five double dipped on new home grant scheme   Sad

Sydney Morning Herald
October 13 2017

One in five recipients of a now abolished $5000 "new home grant" double-dipped on the scheme to receive multiple grants, including 1500 people and 1869 companies who pocketed more than five grants each.   Sad

First home buyers were not eligible for the grants, which were introduced by the Baird government in 2012 and pitched as a way to boost housing construction.

But economists have been highly critical of the scheme, saying it boosted the bottom line of builders and further inflated property prices.   Sad

A total of 83,151 grants worth $416 million were handed out under the controversial scheme, which was shut down by the Berejiklian government on June 30 after criticism from former Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens.

In a review for the government, Mr Stevens was critical of all grants to home buyers but singled out those going to non-first-time buyers as particularly wasteful.

"It is important to note that at present about half of the grants made by the government do not go to first home buyers: they go to those buying their second or subsequent home, if it is a new dwelling," he wrote in his report to the Premier in May. "There may have been a case for this to assist the building industry during the financial crisis, but the builders don't need that demand stimulus now: what they need is faster processes for converting zoning and development applications into construction and an ability to respond to those segments of the market that will accept smaller, lower-cost dwellings."

Independent economist Saul Eslake said it was possible the scheme had led to "some marginal increase in supply" but "the most significant effect would likely have been to fatten builders' profit margins by something close to the amount of the grant".

Initially unlimited, the scheme was modified in 2014 to exclude foreign buyers and to introduce a cap of one grant per buyer per year.

But a new breakdown of the scheme, obtained by the NSW opposition under a freedom of information request to the NSW Department of Finance, reveals the extent of the double-dipping that occurred.

During the five years of the scheme, there was a total of 131,203 recipients. A single grant could go to more than one recipient, for example a husband or wife.

Of the total recipients, 23,341 – or 18 per cent – received more than one grant, the figures show.

Of these multiple recipients, 3,378 pocketed more than five grants each, including 1509 individuals and 1869 companies.

Shadow treasury spokesman Ryan Park described the figures as "staggering".

"It must have finally dawned even on them – Berejiklian and [Treasurer] Perrottet – that it was not a good look to give away tens of millions of dollars to help people get their fourth or even fifth home, while hundreds of thousands of people were struggling to get a toehold on the property ladder," he said.

"If you're looking for evidence that this government has failed to honour its pledge to tackle the housing crisis, then here it is."A spokesman for the Treasurer pointed to record new housing construction and approval figures in NSW.

"When Labor was in government they were averaging 2,666 approvals a month. The Berejiklian-Barilaro government is averaging 4,679 approvals a month, or a 76per cent increase," the spokesman said.

"The New Home Grant scheme, introduced to stimulate supply in the market, is being phased out from the July 1 this year, having been replaced by a package of reforms including stamp duty exemptions and reductions for first home buyers.

"Labor's empty words on housing affordability ring hollow after 16 years of inaction when they were in government."

Previous information provided by the department revealed that postcodes on Sydney's urban fringe were the biggest recipients of the grants, including Camden, Spring Farm, Cambridge Park, Marsden Park, Liverpool and Campbelltown and Kellyville.
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Reply #1 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 6:43am
 
Shadow treasury spokesman Ryan Park described the figures as "staggering".

"It must have finally dawned even on them – Berejiklian and [Treasurer] Perrottet – that it was not a good look to give away tens of millions of dollars to help people get their fourth or even fifth home, while hundreds of thousands of people were struggling to get a toehold on the property ladder," he said.   Sad
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Reply #2 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 6:58am
 
whiteknight wrote on Oct 13th, 2017 at 6:43am:
Shadow treasury spokesman Ryan Park described the figures as "staggering".

"It must have finally dawned even on them – Berejiklian and [Treasurer] Perrottet – that it was not a good look to give away tens of millions of dollars to help people get their fourth or even fifth home, while hundreds of thousands of people were struggling to get a toehold on the property ladder," he said.   Sad


Angry Libtards turning a blind eye to corporate welfare, once again
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Trend is for Labor to go down the drain'
With WA and Qld and then later SA and Vic wrapped up in a coalition with the Libs

Next minute, Labor  WA in biggest swing EVER
 
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Reply #3 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 7:18am
 
LW perched on his armchair clapping his hands in joy. LW did you vote YES ?

It takes time to catch up to all the Labor setup rorts.
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Reply #4 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 7:33am
 
juliar wrote on Oct 13th, 2017 at 7:18am:
LW perched on his armchair clapping his hands in joy. LW did you vote YES ?

It takes time to catch up to all the Labor setup rorts.


Sure did vote yes  Smiley
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Reply #5 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 10:11am
 
Time to send out some "debt notices".
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Reply #6 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 10:12am
 
Mediterraneos top the list?  Hot spots guaranteed to be Malbun and Syd-e-ney.
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Reply #7 - Oct 14th, 2017 at 7:44am
 
Wow!What can you say??
What a freakin joke.
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thecuriousmail wrote on Oct 14th, 2017 at 7:44am:
Wow!What can you say??
What a freakin joke.



Typical.  When stupid governments set up schemes there will always be those who work out in an instant how to rort it.  Somebody needs to teach governments how to organise things like this, so as to preclude people doing that.

How many of these rorters, do you think in this day and age, had a 'mate' or even family member or even just a fellow from the same ethnic group (The Usual Suspects under affirmative action) handing out the government cash?

It would seem screamingly obvious that husband/wife/same address of building purchase would be  a breach...  same with a second, third, fourth or fifth property - but not to NSW governments.... too bloody obvious.

Plenty of money where that came from.... and keeping that housing rorting going to the benefit of some is the only game left in town - that and fining motorists for parking etc, since the sellout of public utilities is reaping profits offshore and not here....

We need to boot all these parties out and start again.....  Roll Eyes  and, dare I say it?  Change our immigration mix to one more suited to our values and abilities.
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Reply #9 - Oct 14th, 2017 at 10:51am
 
Leftwinger wrote on Oct 13th, 2017 at 6:58am:
whiteknight wrote on Oct 13th, 2017 at 6:43am:
Shadow treasury spokesman Ryan Park described the figures as "staggering".

"It must have finally dawned even on them – Berejiklian and [Treasurer] Perrottet – that it was not a good look to give away tens of millions of dollars to help people get their fourth or even fifth home, while hundreds of thousands of people were struggling to get a toehold on the property ladder," he said.   Sad


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They are good at that but the elephant in the room is the negative gearing racket where they give generous tax concessions to help hoarders buy their 10th investment property. What a sick society we live.
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