Incoming NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian
has promised that tackling housing affordability will be one of her top three priorities in the new role.
In her first media conference after being elected, Berejiklian said this issue remained important to her and to the government.
“As a government, we have done much in this area,” she said. “But we know there is so much more to do. I want to make sure that every average hardworking person in this state can aspire to own their own home.”
Supply was still the best way to address the issue of housing affordability, she said. This went against statements previously made by her new deputy, Dominic Perrottet, who argued that stamp duty should be replaced by a broader land tax.
However, NSW Labor leader Luke Foley, questioned Berejiklian’s record in the area of housing affordability, saying she had already rejected a range of policy options designed to alleviate the rising cost of property.
Along with housing, the new Premier also said she would focus on infrastructure and the economy. She also highlighted education as an important issue.
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