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A useless housing budget

Lee Rhiannon 10 May 2017
The number of people who are homeless and the number struggling to buy their first home will increase under the Liberal-National budget, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“The Turnbull government has only offered superficial solutions to the housing crisis. There are fourteen supposed housing affordability measures in this budget, but none of them will do much to make housing more affordable. 
 
“Any housing plan that does not reform negative gearing and the capital gains discount is a sham.
 
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Senate calls on govt to take responsibility for homelessness distress

Janet Rice 14 Feb 2017

I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

    (i) Melbourne is currently facing a housing crisis, with record numbers of people experiencing homelessness and sleeping rough in streets and parks,

    (ii) over 100 people are turned away from crisis accommodation every night in Victoria, and there are 32,000 people on the public housing waiting list,

    (iii) emergency housing services and other frontline services are operating above their capacity, and

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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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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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Budget abandons housing affordability

Scott Ludlam 4 May 2016

The 2016 budget entrenches government hostility to renters and those on low incomes trying to get into the housing market, the Australian Greens said today.

"Reports this morning outline the huge risk affordable housing is under with this budget, as we will see thousands of wealthy retirees switch their investments from superannuation to property. That will squeeze lower income earners and first home buyers even further out of the market," Australian Greens spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Tackling root causes critical to reducing youth homelessness: Greens

Scott Ludlam 28 Apr 2016

Greater investment in early intervention programs will reduce the risk of young people becoming homeless in the first place, Greens WA Housing spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC says.

“The report released today by Swinburne University reinforces what the Greens and the community sector have been saying all along – we need early intervention programs and better family violence services,” Ms MacLaren said. 

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Green’s rental survey reveals hardship

Scott Ludlam 22 Apr 2016

Nearly 50 per cent of renters are spending half of their wage on rent according to preliminary feedback from the Green’s Rental Affordability Survey launched yesterday.

In the last 24 hours, 2188 people have responded to questions of rental affordability, unwarranted evictions, landlord maintenance issues and rent increases.

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Greens to double homelessness funding

Scott Ludlam 13 Apr 2016

The Australian Greens have announced a plan to double Federal funding to frontline homelessness services, by using a portion of the revenue raised through changes to negative gearing and the capital gains tax exemption.

Making the announcement on Youth Homelessness Matters Day, the Greens say the plan would deliver $1.1billion each year for the next ten years to meet surging demand from people experiencing homelessness.

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