17 Apr 2010
It's hard not to be cynical. Especially when a developer lobby claims giving the government power to force people to sell their homes - to developers - is for "community benefit", as the chief of the Urban Development Institute did last month.
It's universally agreed that developers have nothing but the interests of the community at heart.
Anyway, that's the proposal of the state government: to set up a government planning authority with the power to compulsorily acquire property and hand it to private developers.
The developers will then build higher-density housing - one house replaced with nine - and flog them off at a profit.