A picture from The Australian today. Caption - "Kenny Windley, of Hermannsburg, in one of the houses in his township that nobody ever came to fix". I'd be pretty upset as well - but what upsets me more is that no one is saying that this house was wrecked by burglars or vandals or squatters - it appears this mess was caused by the occupants. Why the bloody hell should the taxpayer foot the bill for fixing it?
Lajamanu, to the northwest, has been offered a housing package of just $10.9m -- expected to deliver about 17 houses -- despite having a population exceeding 1000 and a critical shortage of housing.
That comes to $640,000 per house. Tony Abbott was lightly roasted recently for dropping in for tea with a family in Sydney's west - it just so happened that their rather large McMansion cost $760,000 and had something like 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.
Given the cost of land in Sydney, and the cost of building anything, just what the hell are we building in places like Lajamanu?