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Housing inquiry stalled – Greens will push to restore it

Media Release
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. 

“The fact that the Liberal-National government has let this inquiry lapse will not surprise anybody who has been calling for action in the last few years. It is entirely consistent with their attitude towards the housing crisis so far. 

“This is the same government whose Treasurer yesterday gave a speech about the supply of affordable housing while ignoring the glaring issue of tax incentives for property investors and speculators. This government was not so concerned about supply in 2013 when they abolished the National Housing Supply Council.

“And this is the same government which refused to sign on to or engage with the recommendations of the report from the housing affordability inquiry published in 2014. 

“One of the strongest recommendations from that inquiry was for the Commonwealth to have a dedicated housing minister, and yet this government remains without.

“Many would remember the Abbott government scrapped three peak advocacy groups offering invaluable policy advice in this space – National Shelter, Homelessness Australia and Community Housing Federation of Australia.

“They also axed the Housing Help for Seniors pilot program, the National Renters Affordability Scheme, the First Home Saver Accounts scheme, the Major Cities unit and the COAG Housing Reform Council. 

“The Turnbull government’s insistence that housing affordability is one of their key policy priorities really is laughable. Particularly when they are led by a Prime Minister whose advice to young people wanting to break into the housing market was to ‘get rich parents’,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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