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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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Greens renew call to end negative gearing and reform CGT

Lee Rhiannon 17 Oct 2016
A recent housing survey, that found 79 per cent of Australians believe the job of government is to ensure new housing developments include affordable housing, puts the Prime Minister on notice to phase out negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts. 
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon says the Greens are renewing their calls to phase out negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts. The Greens want to direct proceeds from those reforms into affordable housing. 
 
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Motion: Housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 13 Oct 2016

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:58): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) Australian dwellings increased in price by 10 per cent in 2015-16, indicating a clear national housing affordability crisis, with Sydney prices increasing by 13 per cent and Melbourne by 13.9 per cent, and

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Turnbull’s lack of leadership on negative gearing will be fatal

Lee Rhiannon 4 Oct 2016

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports today that an increase in housing supply is insufficient to improve housing affordability.

“Over a decade of chronic undersupply has been accompanied by decades of subsidies to property investors and speculators,” Senator Rhiannon said.

“Without reforming negative gearing and the Capital Gains Tax discount, we will continue to lock ourselves into a perpetual affordable housing deficit.

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