Barnaby Joyce slammed for ‘stupid’ comments

Barnaby Joyce has landed in hot water over his comments on housing affordability.
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The Deputy PM has sparked outrage with his comments.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is copping plenty of flack this morning for his comments about housing affordability in Sydney and Melbourne.

In a similar vein to comments made by former federal treasurer Joe Hockey, Mr Joyce has come under fire for suggestion people simply pack up and move out of the city if they want to own a home.

While it may have sounded like an innocent enough comment at the time, people were quick to jump on it, asking Mr Joyce if he expected them to also quit their jobs, pull their kids out of school and uproot their whole lives just so they can purchase a home.

Owning a home is still considered by many to be part of the Great Australian Dream, where having a house and a backyard to play cricket with the family is not only an Aussie tradition, but a basic right.

When asked about the skyrocketing price of property in the major cities yesterday, Mr Joyce’s response was blunt.

“I get annoyed when people talk about that the only house that you can buy apparently is in Sydney and it’s too dear,” he told ABC Radio National. “There are other parts of Australia. I live in one, it’s called Tamworth.

“Houses will always be incredibly expensive if you can see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Just accept that.

“Houses are much cheaper in Tamworth, houses are much cheaper in Armidale, houses are much cheaper in Toowoomba.

“Sydney’s wonderful and so is Melbourne. The trouble is so many people think it’s wonderful that the price of houses is incredibly expensive. But there are other parts of Australia.

“I did move out west so I can say this – if you’ve decided you’ve got the gumption in you and you want to move [west], you’re going to have a very affordable house. If you say ‘I want a really affordable house in Mosman,’ well, don’t we all.”

However, many have hit back saying it is impossible to live out in the country and continue to find work.

“A true intellectual heavy weight. I can’t understand why so many are unhappy on a number of issues when we have Barnaby and his insightful solutions. Life would be so much better if we only listened to Barnaby,” one voter commented sarcastically.

“And what incentives for large businesses to go rural are there Mr Barnaby?” questioned another.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree with Barnaby Joyce? Or is he out of line?

  1. Phillip Conboy  

    While cricket in the back yard is all but finished in most suburban all house no yard lots, ownership remains the dream. Not to be be holding to a landlord, to be able to paint or alter as the whim takes one is most important .watching ,from a rental as a furniture van backs into the drive of the house across the road, seeing excited Chinese ,Indian or middle eastern people distribute their treasures in the home they have just purchased is inclined to anger some people. Hearing that some landlords are able to compile stables of rentals via the negative gearing piggyback seems to strike a resentful chord with some Australians,can’t imagine why.

  2. Phil Spencer  

    Stupid comment from a stupid man!

  3. Michael  

    Of course he makes sense! It doesn’t take s Rhodes scholar to work that one out – I have lived in the countryside of WA, and the last 40 years, Victoria, and I would not change one day! You can keep your city life

  4. Of course houses are going to be dearer in the city, you have all the views there. But you can have a lovely house too, if you move out a little into the suburbs, okay, so you don’t have the views, you might have to travel a bit further for your job. Unfortunately, that is what you have to do, you can not have it both ways. My son-in-law has to travel into the city for his job, it takes him 1-1.30 each way, but he they have a beautiful house on 2 acres of land in the country area, they would not change it for the world. They would not have been able to afford that in the city, that’s if you could find something like that. So for once Barnaby Joyce made sense.

  5. We had to move way out to the suburbs to buy our first house. It meant a very long commute to work but it was worth it in the end. It was also a very modest one. Just 1 bathroom and no media room etc. Etc.

  6. Ian  

    The government doesnt give a rats about you and me ,the taxes they reap in from real estate sales everything in sydney and surrounds is insurmountable , the real eastate people are the parasites that create this inflated market are the real problem they just keep pumping up the market for their profits,and they dont care either . The parasites from canberra who live in sydney and want there houses to go up because they new this was going to happen but its not called insider trading its called watching the market. Its just a big game for them now and everytime they want to make money they move into house they are renting for sixmonths then sell as a ptinciple place o residence then no capital gains then move back to there other place .

  7. In some ways Barnaby is right but the comments by voters nails the problem. Our entire economy has changed to an economy of SCALE!! This makes businesses moving to more rural areas way to expensive/difficult for them. So we now have a situation where business does well because there are lots of people buying products in a confined area (not that competition has increased). For rural areas to become more attractive for home buyers, there must be businesses there for employment. NOT SO at present! A massing stuff up by our policies over the past 25-30 years. Give it 3 years at tops though, come the crash!

  8. Lindsay Gregory  

    I feel Mr Joyce may have up set some people by telling them what they already know but do not want to hear. I have lived in the city and country areas, owning a home is all about money you have it or you don’t. So if people who want a home with all the bells and whistles and live in the city then work harder or re educate do something more than what you are doing now and you will get it some day. But if you are not worried about living in the country then you can have your cake and eat it as well. Your life and your families life is what you make of it, no one is stopping you from getting what you want you just have to do the work to get it, and that is where it hurts.

  9. Allan Williams  

    The comment is eminently sensible however it needs to be aimed at the Pollies, not the average home seeker. Instead of focusing on how to squeeze more people into Sydney and Melbourne, why not focus on invigorating the outer lying towns such as Newcastle and Wollongong (Tamworth?) etc so that more businesses will move out there. Why concentrate everything in the worst cities?.

  10. Murray Walker  

    Well the truth has been spoken. Move to where you can afford a home, travel to to work. I did it and survived nothing fancy 3 bedroom 1 bathroom 130 square meters no car garage. Young people want to start with a home that took Mum and Dad 40 years to get, get real you have to start somewhere and sometimes that is at the bottom rung of the ladder.

  11. D.Beadsmoore  

    The housing crisis is caused by past and present governments who have never developed this great country. They just take the easy option and keep everything around the coastal cities. There is plenty of land out in the country and people would have alot better lifestyle if the government invested in building infrastructure and jobs out there away from the coast. This will never happen while their developer mates pull the strings to make more profits.

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