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The ACT Liberal Democrats believe that the approach of recent governments to land use and development has been poor and has let down the community.

We believe that the role of government in relation to regulating land use is to provide a fair and robust mechanism for protecting property interests. Government should not set out to protect special interest groups, use land release as its primary revenue-raising mechanism, or to create incentives for property speculation.

The ACT Liberal Democrats will work to reduce restrictions on land use. We neither support nor oppose urban infill. We believe that it is up to landowners and communities to determine the level of density a given area. In all cases, however, it is not the role of government bureaucrats to unnecessarily stifle business activity and distort investment decisions of the private sector through overly complex regulatory schemes.

At the more local level, residential property owners are subjected to too many non-construction related restrictions on how they may enjoy their property, such as rules around removal of unsafe trees.

Housing affordability is a serious issue that is best addressed by reducing the red tape costs around land release and by making government less dependent on real estate to fund the budget.

The ACT Liberal Democrats policies are:

  1. That owners and communities are best placed to make decisions about land use in their local areas.
  2. That land should be able to be purchased freehold.
  3. To allow people a choice between paying stamp duty with lower ongoing rates or no stamp duty with higher ongoing rates.
  4. To reduce the red tape costs around land release, which will better tackle the problem of housing affordability. We will work towards making the ACT budget less dependent on the real estate sector.
  5. To support investment in the construction industry and would work towards creating greater transparency and removing unnecessary red tape.
  6. To propose significant reform to the Public Housing system in Canberra.
  7. To immediately remove restrictions on simple property management activities like the removal of unsafe trees.
  8. To immediately increase the percentage of land that can be occupied by a house.


The official page of the Liberal Democratic Party in the Australian Capital Territory. Authorised by Guy Jakeman, Florey, ACT, 2615