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Everyone has right to a home – time to scrap generous tax breaks

Lee Rhiannon 25 Jan 2017
Every single major housing market in Australia is ‘severely unaffordable’ according to the latest Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Sydney is second on the list of the most severely unaffordable housing markets in the world.
 
Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW housing spokesperson Jenny Leong say it is absurd that both federal and state governments insist that they can tackle housing affordability without making any changes to unfair tax structures like negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts.
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Wollongong third most expensive city to live: Turnbull govt must act on housing

Lee Rhiannon 25 Jan 2017
Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Turnbull government urgently needs to address the issue of negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts, which is directly contributing to the housing crisis. 
 
Wollongong is now Australia’s third most expensive city to live, with house prices up 16.7 per cent over the year and 7.7 per cent over the December quarter. The median house price is now $700,000.
 
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NPAH needs long term, secure funding

Lee Rhiannon 9 Dec 2016
The Turnbull government's failure to adequately fund homelessness services will drive greater inequality across the nation, the Australian Greens said today. 
 
The Greens are calling on the government to restore the $44 million that was previously cut from the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), and to guarantee long term funding for the NPAH.
 
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Turnbull government’s ongoing failure on housing

Lee Rhiannon 25 Nov 2016
The Greens say the split between state and federal Liberal ministers highlights the ongoing failure of the Turnbull government to act on the housing affordability crisis.  
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “The Turnbull government does not have a single strategy or policy to deal with the housing affordability crisis at a federal level, so it is no surprise that Liberal state ministers are cracking. 
 
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Release of Rental Affordability Index – urgent national housing strategy needed

Lee Rhiannon 23 Nov 2016

The latest Rental Affordability Index, released today, is bleak news for renters and home buyers. It reports Sydney is the most unaffordable city for renters, and Melbourne’s rental affordability is decreasing. 

“In Sydney, average renting households need to spend nearly 28 per cent of their total income on rent. This is unacceptable,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Rhiannon said. 

“Taxing empty homes could be one feature of a whole suite of measures to tackle this country’s housing affordability crisis, including negative gearing and capital gains tax changes.

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Greens back call for govt homelessness meet to guarantee long term funding

Lee Rhiannon 4 Nov 2016
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed calls by homelessness organisations across the country, who warned the Turnbull government that the homelessness crisis will deepen if Federal funding is cut. The Greens say the meeting of state and federal housing ministers today must confront the housing affordability crisis and guarantee long term funding for homelessness services.
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Housing inquiry stalled – Greens will push to restore it

Lee Rhiannon 25 Oct 2016

The Turnbull government’s decision to let an inquiry into housing lapse is the latest example of the Coalition avoiding putting the spotlight on the need for real reform, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

When parliament resumes the Greens will put a motion to the Senate calling on the Turnbull government to complete the inquiry.

“On the next sitting day in Parliament I will put a motion to the Senate calling on the Turnbull government to complete this inquiry,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Turnbull government fails on housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 24 Oct 2016
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Turnbull government is proving once again that it is not serious about tackling housing affordability. 
 
“After four years in government the Coalition have deigned to acknowledge that the housing affordability crisis exists, but continue to ignore the need to scrap the generous tax breaks distorting the market,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
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