‘Freshly after accusing National of setting up a political donut, Labor appear to have done one of their own when it comes to healthy homes standards,’ the ACT housing spokeswoman said. , Brooke van Velden.
“Until very recently, Labor insisted that homes in Kainga Ora meet Healthy Homes standards on time. Then this week ACT got reports that Labor was set to grant Kainga Ora, but not the private owners, another extension and announce it next week.
“Today, the Minister’s Office is advising reporters that the government may extend the Healthy Homes deadline for all homeowners. At first it was Kainga Ora only for an extension, now everyone has an extension.
“Megan Woods took her lowered Honda Civic to the parking lot, poured diesel on the asphalt and fired it up big. She’s spinning so fast she doesn’t even know which direction she’s pointing. Do healthy houses apply to all rentals, or only those in Kainga Ora, or to all rentals?
“Nevertheless, ACT has just scared Labor into giving private landlords a break. It’s a huge victory. Labor will no doubt claim that they intended to give all landlords a break from the start. If so, they should produce the evidence. We think they are now giving private owners a break because they got caught off guard.
“This is a very good example of why government should not be in business when it is the regulator of business. The risk is too great that government as regulator will bestow special favors on the government as operator.The Healthy Homes exemptions for Kainga Ora are one.The municipalities allowing themselves to discharge wastewater into the sea is another.
“It would be better for the government to stop imposing costly regulations on housing. If people want to improve their house or move to a better location, they will. If their priorities are elsewhere, they shouldn’t have to pay because government regulations require it.
“It would be better if the government was not in the business of building homes and renting. They’ve been terrible as owners for decades, as anyone who walks past knocked out old homes knows. They spent far too much on inefficient constructions, they were a disaster as builders and owners.
“If the government insists on owning or regulating housing, it should choose one, it certainly should not be both. Government should be held to the same level that others are held to.
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