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Rock bottom – over 98% of homes unaffordable for single households on government payments

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2017
The Greens say the latest Anglicare rental affordability snapshot illustrates the magnitude of the housing crisis, and the inadequacy of the current social safety net. Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed Anglicare’s calls for urgent Federal intervention, including the development of a national affordable housing finance corporation, winding back negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, and implementing a national plan for renters. 
 
“These are deeply sobering statistics and I urge every single member of parliament to read this report,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“We are really at rock bottom. Those trying to get by on meagre government payments are almost entirely priced out of affordable housing.
 
“Meanwhile, the Coalition government wants to add the National Affordable Housing Agreement to the long list of affordable housing schemes that they have gutted – including the Housing Help for Seniors Pilot, the National Housing Supply Council, the First Home Savers Account Scheme and the National Rental Affordability Scheme.
 
“Not a dollar of federal funding for social housing and homelessness services must be cut in the upcoming budget.”
 
The report notes that protections for tenants across the country are weak, and that in all states and territories except Tasmania landlords are able to evict tenants on periodic leases without reason. 
 
The Greens are campaigning to set national minimum standards for tenancy laws, to end no-fault evictions, regulate rent rises, and improve conditions for renters. 
 
The Greens say the government’s proposed Affordable Housing Finance Corporation is too minimal, and will only scrape the surface. 
 
“A weak affordable housing finance corporation will not do the trick. There are hundreds of thousands of low income earners without access to affordable housing – not hundreds.”
 
The Greens have proposals to end investor tax breaks, to replace stamp duty with a broad based land tax, for a strong Affordable Housing Finance Corporation, for national minimum standards for rental properties, and to strengthen the social safety net.
 
“I urge the Turnbull government to take our ideas and implement them,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
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