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6月10日,Herald-Sun报社的Susie O’Brien女士撰文 “It’s not racist to point out these home truths”(说出房地产真实情况不是种族主义)。

澳大利亚人权专员Tim Soutphommasane博士在6月11日撰文表达了对O’Brien文章充满偏颇观点和不实内容的严重不满。并通过维州州长顾问梅先生转达给华人媒体,告知华人社区。

《唐人街》感谢Soutphommasane博士的公正公道!澳大利亚不愧为一个成熟的多元文化社会,并为澳大利亚有如此的明白人欣慰。在澳华人谢谢您!华人社区谢谢您!

译文如下

亲爱的主编,

读到Susie O’Brien’s最近期的一篇(指出这些房屋的事实并不是种族歧视,6月11日) 专栏使人非常失望。

诚然,我们需要一个开放的对话去讨论社会问题。但是这样的讨论必须要基于事实而非道听途说的传闻。并且,这也不应该根据谁是澳大利亚人过时的猜想。

举个例子,O’Brien女士声称“在墨尔本和悉尼的一些学校里,澳大利亚出生的孩子和刚来澳大利亚的中国孩子的比例是10比1。”有证据支撑这样的说法吗?

并且,谁才能被准确地算作澳大利亚出生?这包括有着华裔父母在澳大利亚出生的孩子吗?这是示意在国外出生的公民们和他们的孩子实际上不能被算作澳洲人吗?

我们的公共辩论不能从歇斯底里的情绪和固有的成见中受益。外国人“控制“了我们的郊外居住区的恐慌之火愈演愈烈是使人十分担忧的。

我们在一个一半人口是第一代或者第二代澳大利亚人的多元文化社会。煽动性的评论在凝聚力与和谐上不符合国家利益。

原文如下

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1smka9q?new_post=true

Dear editor

It was disappointing to read Susie O’Brien’s most recent column (“It’s not racist to point out these home truths”, 11 June).

We should, by all means, have open discussion about social issues. But such discussion should be based on facts not anecdotal evidence. And it shouldn’t be based on outdated assumptions about who is an Australian.

For example, Ms O’Brien asserts that “at some Melbourne and Sydney schools, Australian-born children are outnumbered 10 to one by newly arrived Chinese students”. Is there hard evidence to support this?

And who exactly is being counted as Australian-born? Does this include Australian-born children who have Chinese parents? Is the suggestion that foreign-born citizens and their children don’t really count as Australians?

Our public debate doesn’t benefit from hysteria and the perpetuation of stereotypes. It is concerning to see the fanning of fears about foreigners “taking control” of our suburbs.

We are a multicultural society, where almost half the population is either first- or second-generation Australian. Inflammatory commentary does nothing to serve our national interest in cohesion and harmony.

Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Race Discrimination Commissioner

Sydney

11 June 2015

Susie O’Brien女士撰文 “It’s not racist to point out these home truths”(说出房地产真实情况不是种族歧视)

原文如下:Susie O’Brien:

(唐人街特别翻译) 宣称那些钱包满满得中国人把澳洲房产市场价格搞得难以接受。O’Brien 声称那些声称澳洲房产市场价格飙升和中国购买者一点关系都没有的人从来都没注意那些最受影响的郊区。

在悉尼和墨尔本的学校里,每十个澳洲出生的孩子里就有一个来自中国留学生。有的课堂里甚至只有屈指可数的不讲中国的学生。 玲琅满目的商店标牌上写着英文和中文, 在传达着许多新移民不会讲我们的英语。

在某些区域里,原本的一片片澳洲住房被一个个新来的中国式法国异乡大院所取缔。就好像在宣称着异国的财富和实力。

有一点想指出的是:这并不是种族主意,这只是在陈述事实。

近年来大多数中介在中国都有办公处,通常都是场外交易。外国中介为外国人服务,最好的房产通常都不会被打广告出来。

在拍卖中,这些外国购买者拿着支票,挤走本土购买者。

一个新的外国投资回顾报导显示,中国购买者在澳洲房产市场共花费了124亿澳元在2013至2014季度,是前一年的两倍。这使得中国轻而易举得成为我们澳洲最大的海外投资方。只有70亿花费到了居民住房,比前年增长了20亿。但有一个事实不得不承认的是,海外投资刺激了澳洲房地产市场,并不是取代它。最大的需求来自学区房,在墨尔本比如 Balwyn, Balwyn North, Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley 和 Glen Iris, 但是也有后来居上者,比如 Doncaster, Box Hill 和 Lower Plenty。 在悉尼,最受欢迎的则是城内海港区,比如 Rose Bay, Vaucluse和Bellevue Hill。但Castlecrag, Turramurra, Cammeray和Wahroonga也同样很受中国消费者青睐。

不可否认的是这辆座城市占据了澳洲一半的外国人住房。一个街区的房价在几个月之内涨100万澳元并不是闻所未闻的。曾今一段时间,一个750平方米的占地房只需要100万澳元,现在则需要250万澳元。旧房子被推到,新房子建起来,这些新房子在场外市场可以卖到800万澳币。因为受到如此高价的诱惑,本土人开始卖掉自己的房产,但是却发现挣到手里的钱却在同区内买不到同条件的住房。所以他们放弃了为自己孩子在本区内买房的梦想。

价格在周围郊区增长,泡沫不断得向外扩散。这个时候,政府应该出面制裁海外购房者。不过在现阶段看来,改变海外者购房的法律也不足以改善澳洲人的买房压力。事实说明了一切。自2003年这十多年间,FIRB对外国投资者只发布了17个剥夺他们非法购房的订单。 在那个时期,海外投资者购买了将近30,000所价值230亿的家庭住房。政府已经加强了管控,并且已经注意到了200个潜在的非法买家。政府的新计划就是让海外投资者付更多的印花税,并且对于非法购房的罚款数额增长。

坚持让海外购房者进行违法投资的第三方,比如房产中介,律师或者会计,将会受到数额不小的罚款。

这是一个良好的开始,不过不会有太多帮助。我们知道法规在瓦解,购房者在利用他们在澳读书的孩子去买房,通过律师建立的复杂的信任却解释他们只是没有申报他们外国人的身份。

在任何情况下,这个问题都不是可以强迫的,这是制度本身的问题。最大的法律漏洞就是它使得非澳洲居民以购买实体房为发展目的。他们可以去拆除房屋,但只有在他们要增加住房数量或者房屋无法居住的时候。但是,交易之后并没有人注意到,在很多情况下,那些不起眼的老房子被购买后,都被用来建成了超越了许多澳洲本土人住在的豪宅。

这无关于一个多民族国家为移民建住宅。这关乎于一个有钱的外国人把我们的土地当作他们牟利的后花园,这还会永远改变我们城市本来的面貌。

你扪心自问,为什么我们国家会允许外国人如此得掌控着我们的住宅区? 为什么我们会允许他们把我们本来热爱得城市变得如此奢侈昂贵?

It’s not racist to point out these home truths

  • SUSIE O’BRIEN
  • HERALD SUN
  • JUNE 10, 2015 9:00PM

Cashed-up Chinese nationals are making local housing unaffordable, says Susie O’Brien.

ANYONE who says there’s no problem with cashed-up Chinese nationals buying up our houses has never spent any time in the most affected suburbs.

At some Melbourne and Sydney schools, Australian-born children are outnumbered 10 to one by newly arrived Chinese students. Sometimes there are only a handful of other non-Chinese-speaking kids in each class.

Signs in local shops are in both Chinese and English, suggesting that many new residents can’t speak our language.

BLOG WITH SUSIE O’BRIEN

In some areas, house after house is being torn down and replaced by Chinese-style French Provincial mansions. Often 350sq m of no-expense-spared luxury house is squeezed on to a 650sq m block as an edifice to overseas wealth and power.

To point that out is not racist scaremongering. It’s a reality that is making housing unaffordable and unattainable to a growing number of local families.

These days most real estate agents have Chinese agents and offices in China. Often the action happens off-market — foreign agents work directly with foreign buyers and some of the best properties aren’t even advertised.

Auctions, if they happen at all, are packed with foreign buyers with cheque books, blasting locals out of the water.

A new Foreign Investment Review Board report shows Chinese buyers spent $12.4 billion on Australian property in 2013-14 — twice as high as the previous year. That makes China easily the biggest source of overseas investment in our country.

Just over $7 billion was spent on established homes — up $2 billion on the previous year. That is despite the fact that foreign investment is supposed to boost housing stock, not replace it.

The biggest demand is for land near good schools. In Melbourne that includes Balwyn, Balwyn North, Glen Waverley, Mt Waverley and Glen Iris, but there’s a flow-on to surrounding areas such as Doncaster, Box Hill and Lower Plenty. In Sydney the biggest demand is for inner-city harbour suburbs such as Rose Bay, Vaucluse and Bellevue Hill. But there’s also a lot of interest in Castlecrag, Turramurra, Cammeray and Wahroonga.

It’s no wonder the two cities account for half of Australia’s foreign-owned housing. The market is so hot that it’s not unheard of for blocks to increase in price by $1 million in only a few months. A period home on a 750sq m block that used to go for about $1 million is now selling for about $2.5 million. It’s knocked down and a new house is built, which may sell off-market for about $8 million.

Attracted by the sky-high prices, locals are selling up, only to find they can’t afford to buy anything comparable nearby. They give up any hope of their own kids living in the same area. Prices spiral in surrounding suburbs, as the bubble spreads outwards.

It’s time for the Government to get serious in its crackdown on foreigners buying Australian domestic real estate. At this stage it seems even proposed changes to foreign ownership laws will do little to improve the chances of Australian-born people buying houses in our own suburbs on a level playing field with foreigners.

The facts speak for themselves. In more than a decade the FIRB issued only 17 orders for foreign investors to divest properties that were illegally acquired since 2003. During that time offshore investors bought almost 30,000 existing homes worth $23 billion.

The Government has since beefed things up and has nearly 200 potentially illegal buyers in its sights. The Government’s new plan is to make foreign investors pay fees and stamp duty, and pay fines for transgressing.

Third parties who assist foreign investors to make illegal purchases — like real estate agents, lawyers and accountants — will, for the first time, face hefty fines.

THAT is a good start, but won’t help much. We know the rules are being broken: buyers are using their children who are studying here to buy houses, they’re using complex trusts constructed by lawyers and they’re simply failing to declare their foreigner status.

In any case, the problem is not the enforcement, it’s the rules themselves. One of the biggest loopholes is allowing non-residents to buy existing houses for development purposes. They’re supposed to demolish houses only if they’re going to increase the number of dwellings, or if the house is uninhabitable. But no one is paying any attention after the deal goes through and in many cases modest existing homes are razed and replaced with mansions that are beyond ordinary Aussies.

This is not about a multicultural nation making room for migrants. This is about the wealthy citizens of one country using the suburbs of our country to park their profits and change the face of our cities forever.

Ask yourself this: why are we as a country allowing foreigners to take control of our suburbs like this? Why are we allowing them to price us out of the cities that we love?

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