The Government has ordered a new body aimed at boosting economic performance to investigate the cost of housing.
The Productivity Commission, set up under National’s governing agreement with ACT, has been asked to report on issues including the cost of building a home, the efficiency of taxes, levies and charges and the impact of Government regulations.
The commission has also been told to inquire into international freight transport services, including transport costs and port charges.
English and Hide also announced the appointment of two new commissioners to work alongside commission chairman Murray Sherwin.
They are former Treasury secretary and past ACT candidate Graham Scott, who is now executive chairman of Southern Cross Advisers Ltd, a company specialising in public sector reform, and Victoria University management school head Sally Davenport.
The commission formally begins its work tomorrow.
I wonder how much we’re paying the commissioners to research and consult widely on this complex issue and then advise the government to deregulate the industry and privatise all its state houses?