Various forums on various media have discussed how to tackle the housing affordability crisis, which is almost daily reaching new 'unaffordable' levels.
What is usually agreed is the factors which brought about the current situation - low interest rates, a commodities boom, and immigration.
But there comes a time when we as a nation have to ask ourselves whether we are actually better off, when we have to work just to survive, as opposed to live, due to the ever increasing cost of living.
While interest rates are rising, rents are rising also due to unprecedented demand for somewhere to live, all the while exacerbated by increasing immigration.
Has there been a proper review of whether our immigration levels are excessive, relative to the requirement for labour. Further unaccounted immigration will only put further pressure on the cost of living for those already trying to live in this country as they compete for scarce resources, in this case housing.
Is immigration now past the point where it actively contributes to the general society or does it now consume and compete forcing prices up for the incumbents ie the rest of us?
Until such time as the reasons why there is an housing shortfall are remedied, should we reduce immigration to a sustainable level?