The HIA says new home sales fell 5.7 per cent in 2017. Image: AAP/David Mariuz.The HIA’s latest monthly survey of the country’s biggest home builders has found the largest fall in new house sales in 2017 occurred in New South Wales (-14.5 per cent), followed closely by Queensland (-14.1 per cent).Victoria was the only state to experience in increase in the sale of new houses (+5.8 per cent).More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoHIA senior economist Shane Garrett renewed calls for stamp duty reforms as he said the tax was compounding the housing affordability crisis, particularly in Sydney and Melbourne. HOTTEST RENT SPOTS REVEALED The HIA has reported a drop in new home sales in 2017. Photographer: Liam Kidston.AUSTRALIA’S peak building industry body has slammed stamp duty costs for a drop in new home sales in 2017.The Housing Industry Association says the burden of housing taxes such as stamp duty squeezed homebuyers last year, contributing to a 5.7 per cent fall in the sales of detached houses. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE HIA senior economist Shane Garrett.“The burden of housing taxes, particularly stamp duty, grew much heavier during 2017 — homebuyers are really being squeezed.“Residential building activity contributes at least $103 billion annually to the economy. Construction employs over 1 million Australians. The persistent rise in the tax burden places this at risk. FOR SALE: AUSTRALIA’S BEST BACKYARD WATERSLIDE “The relentless increase in stamp duty is largely to blame. In Victoria, the typical stamp duty charge has surpassed $31,000 while homebuyers in NSW are faced with bills in excess of $25,000. “Stamp duty bills have been sky rocketing for decades — in some cases by over 4,000 per cent since the early 1980s.”The amount of stamp duty paid by homebuyers across Australia almost doubled in the past four years to $20.6 billion, according to a recent HIA report. The HIA is blaming stamp duty costs for a drop in new home sales. Image: AAP/Brendan Esposito.
For one day at Alliance Bank Stadium, the number 42 was encircled in the dirt behind home plate, taking the spot where an interlocking ‘SC’ would normally be. The tradeoff, though, was well worth it.The Syracuse Chiefs celebrated Jackie Robinson Day on Sunday before and during their game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees, marking the 65th anniversary of Robinson becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball to break the color barrier. The Chiefs wore commemorative Negro League-themed jerseys and hats during the game, and The National Baseball Hall of Fame brought Robinson’s Hall of Fame plaque to the stadium and displayed it in the concourse for fans to view.Bradford Horn, the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s director of communications and education, said programs are held in the museum every year on April 15, but the Hall of Fame wanted to bring the plaque to enhance fans’ ability to understand Robinson’s legacy.‘Our presence here today is designed to give all of the Syracuse community, those who are out here today, the opportunity to see an original piece of baseball history,’ Horn said. ‘… This plaque, by bringing it to Syracuse today, we hope that it helps this community understand the importance of Jackie Robinson.’The Chiefs’ wore light blue jersey tops with navy blue sleeves featuring two light blue stripes. A white ‘S’ and ‘C’ were on the front of the jerseys, and the Chiefs wore gray pants.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyler Moore, who honored the day further by drilling a pitch from Yankees starter Ramon Ortiz over the right-field wall in the second inning, said it’s a privilege to devote a day to the baseball pioneer.‘It was great,’ Moore said. ‘Jackie, the things he did for this game was unbelievable, and it’s always good to pay him tribute.’Robinson’s plaque on display Sunday is not the one that hangs in the Hall of Fame, as the museum chose to re-cast his plaque in 2008. Horn said the original plaque did not say Robinson was the first to break the color barrier because the humble Robinson was adamant about not calling attention to his accomplishment.In 2008, more than 40 years after his induction in 1962, the museum hung a new plaque that listed Robinson’s achievement because the Hall of Fame felt it was important to educate future generations, Horn said.Robinson’s No. 42 has been retired throughout baseball since 1997.Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will be the last to wear the number. He was already wearing it when MLB made the decision to honor Robinson in that regard, and the number was grandfathered in.John Melnick, 57, of Syracuse, said he was glad to see the Chiefs recognize Robinson and that it’s important to remember the sacrifices he and the African-Americans who followed him into baseball made.‘I think it’s great. I think it’s important,’ Melnick said. ‘I think Jackie Robinson is a legend beyond belief and anyone that has stopped to look at baseball and its history and sacrifices African-Americans have made for his country and their perseverance. I don’t know how to describe something like that.’firstname.lastname@example.org Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: email@example.com | @chris_iseman