The Guardian emigrates to Planet Gobbledygook


Does The Guardian have a cookie cutter for these “politicians“?

Meaghan Scanlon, 31, says the severity of the housing crisis has led to a greater appetite for planning reform

A Gold Coast renter who turns 31 this month, new Queensland planning minister, Meaghan Scanlon, is a self-confessed “Yimby”.

To Scanlon, fixing the state’s housing crisis means not only saying “yes, in my back yard”, but saying yes to a host of broader reforms too.

Everything is on the table, from picking up the bill for developers’ council fees to buying old hotels to boost affordable housing stock, and trading away planning restrictions in return for cheaper homes.

“I’m pro-housing, unashamedly pro-housing,” she tells Guardian Australia. “We are open for business. We want to try and unlock as much supply as we can.”

I haven’t heard such corrupt claptrap from a QLD development minister since the days of Skasey. Is Meghan Joh Bjelike Peterson’s love child?

Let’s not stuff about, Megs. Give developers the land for free, too. God ain’t making any more of it, and they need it!

The taxpayer should also build the services, the roads, the poles and wires, and the sewers. In fact, the taxpayer should build the houses and fill developer bank accounts with billions in the Bahamas in gratitude.


Don’t get me wrong. I know this is mansplaining, or perhaps manmocking, or womanmocking, or theysplaining (sheesh), and Meghan seems like a well-meaning kid.

But come on. It doesn’t matter how much supply you “unlock”. It will never be enough to house Aussies affordably while mass immigration runs out of control.

See Vancouver, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, or even the Gold Coast. There, highrises go up every five seconds right alongside rents and traffic jams (along with climate change, which will inundate the Goldy before anywhere else in Australia).


What a bizarro world in which The Guardian campaigns for millions in corrupt payments to property developers while impoverishing the poor and building imminently flooded houses rather than mention excessive demand and cuts to immigration:

Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate – must be treated with extreme care by politicians and journalists…The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their fires of hate.

It’s like aliens from planet Gobbledygook took over the paper.

About the author
David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal. He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.