Dick Smith blames housing price hike on immigration
BUSINESSMAN Dick Smith has caused controversy after stating immigration policies were to blame for Australia's housing affordability crisis.
The comments were made during an appearance on Sky News last night with Mr Smith restating his view that population growth should be halted.
"You can't drive in Sydney at the moment. The house price are enormous. Young couples can't even afford a house with a backyard anymore," Mr Smith said.
"The main point that's driving our unaffordable housing is about 200,000 immigrants come in a year. That's five jumbo loads a week that go out empty,"
"The most fundamental right is to get a house with a backyard. Young couples can't do that anymore, purely driven in 95 percent of cases by the enormous population increase, mainly driven by ridiculous immigration."
Mr Smith has supported One Nation's immigration policies in the past - but only in so far as they relate to country taking in less migrant, not the party's stance on Islamic immigration.