From smashed avos to spreading the love around, Bernard Salt goes from hipster to hippy

first_imgDemographer Bernard Salt in Brisbane for the annual Property Council of Australia Queensland market update. Picture Darren EnglandFROM smashed avos to spreading the love around, leading demographer Bernard Salt has gone from hipster to hippy, calling for major change in Queensland.He called for public sector jobs to be moved out of Brisbane to other parts of the state to “spread the love around”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoMr Salt told the Property Council of Australia annual Queensland market update that every state was looking at decentralising jobs “except for Queensland”.“White collar jobs absolutely transformed the centre of Geelong. Those sorts of things can be done. The department of parks and recreation decentralising out of Perth to Bunbury. The department of local govt decentralising out of Sydney to Nowra, agriculture out to Bathurst, yes this does happen, it seems everywhere except for Queensland. Which (government) is the most centralised on this continent? It’s Queensland.”“I actually think we should be spreading the love around and I know there’s going to be a bunfight as to where things go but that’s part of the process. If Victoria can do it for Geelong, then Queensland can do it for I won’t say which cities but there should be a similar version. Spread the love around.”The call came as part of a wider bid by Mr Salt for a commission of enquiry into housing affordability via the Prime Minister’s Office.“Until we go through the process in a public and transparent way you will breed discontent, resentment, and rightly so, from an entire generation coming along behind.”last_img read more