The 2017 Federal Budget Hangover


Where We Are

The Australian property market is like a night club. Glitzy, glamorous, some wall-flowers hoping to get in on the action, and everyone drinking as much alcohol (properties) as possible to be with the ‘in crowd’.  Night clubs are about ME. Me being popular, me having a “great” time, me hooking up with the promise of pleasure.

Australia is stuck in the wrong paradigm (the nightclub), and the government and those giving advice are trying to solve the nightclub issues from within the club. Some of the solutions (to hangovers) being offered in the 2017 Federal Budget include:

Happy hour, increased supply of alcohol, clearer pathways to the bar, shorter bar height to help those who are vertically challenged, onsite brewery and smaller (and lighter) beer steins for the frail.

However, at the end of the night (this property cycle) when the ugly lights come on, everyone will still get that awful hangover…so everyone says…hopefully tomorrow night  when the government has come up with other ways to simplify access to the alcohol the hangover won’t eventuate. Hmmmm?!?

The issue isn’t the alcohol, it is the environment in which the alcohol is used and the abuse of the alcohol. The nightclub environment encourages sadistic narcissism.

A Better Place to Be

There needs to be a new environment where the alcohol is used responsibly. The place for alcohol to be served is at a BBQ with family and friends, where there is wholesome food, good communication, a safe environment and supportive relationships. An environment where positive outcomes are achieved. BBQs are about US, our relationships, our social support system, our life together, not about ME.

What is required to solve the issue of housing affordability is a paradigm shift and to realise that the solution to housing affordability exists outside the market. Housing as a human right can no longer be abused in the market (the Night Club). Instead housing needs to be taken out of the market – into community organisations that steward property (the BBQ). This way, properties serve US as homes, as opposed to individuals being slaves to houses hoping that by some stroke of luck, they will make ME wealthy without any consequences to the community. The best mechanism that I am aware of to achieve this, is through a community land trust (I might call it a Community Property Stewardship Group).

How to Get There

If you think a BBQ sounds better than a Nightclub, drop us a line and we can show you how to get one going.

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