Housing & Sustainable Cities

The Greens goal is for all Australians to have access to safe, secure, sustainable and affordable housing. The housing affordability crisis in Australia has come to define this generation. Successive governments have failed to keep up with the housing needs of a diverse, growing and ageing population or the unprecedented housing stress in boom towns. We are advocating for new and long term solutions that increase choice and security of tenure, and provide diverse types of housing in the places we want to live. 

We are working toward increasing the supply of affordable housing instead of artificially stimulating demand, and believe it’s long past time to re-examine the taxation treatment of housing which has promoted housing as just another asset class, rather than housing as a human right. 


Greens' plan to help families waiting for housing

27 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens have launched an innovative plan to unlock billions of dollars in new investment in social housing and to end the chronic shortage of social housing experienced by families across Australia. Australian Greens Leader Senator Christine Milne said the Greens' Stronger Social Housing System will help 225,000 Australian singles and families currently in temporary accommodation or homeless, as they wait years for public housing.


Solar panel users save everyone money: Don’t punish them

16 Jul 2013

Increasing the fixed costs of electricity because of the success of solar panels punishes people for saving WA taxpayers $100,000 per megawatt, the Greens warned today.


Greens raise the stakes on housing stress

15 Jul 2013

The Greens will ensure housing stress is at the top of the agenda going into the Federal election, housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.


Greens move to uncover Barnett’s secret rail business

12 Jul 2013

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has moved to reveal details of Colin Barnett's rail plans today through a set of Federal Freedom of Information requests after the Premier blocked attempts to uncover relevant documents for the second time.


Greens call on Rudd to back NT community, local jobs, and national recycling - not Coca-Cola

09 Jul 2013

The Australian Greens have today called on Prime Minister Rudd to immediately reinstate the popular "cash-for-containers" recycling scheme in the Northern Territory after it was pulled down by legal action from beverage corporations including Coca-Cola


Housing crisis “locks in poverty” – Greens warn

02 Jul 2013

"Last night's Four Corners showed cases in which the fall from relative stability to deep poverty happened with shocking speed. ACOSS have demonstrated that the crisis is overwhelming the ability of agencies and service providers to respond," said Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.


ACOSS findings confirm - Greens’ homelessness plan needed now

01 Jul 2013

"Today ACOSS reported there has been a five per cent increase in the number of people being turned away from housing agencies that were already under enormous strain, and that high rents in capital cities are a major factor pushing people into homelessness. The Greens' plan - Leaving No-one Behind - includes the immediate doubling of Federal funding for homelessness services and the construction of 7000 new homes for the homeless."


The Big Issue Lunch 2013

14 Jul 2013 | 11:30 am

Senator Penny Wright will attend The Big Lunch 2013 on Sunday 14 July.


Motion calls on Senate to commit to halving homelessness by 2020, Coalition refuses to support it

27 Jun 2013

Senator Scott Ludlam moved a motion calling on the Senate to commit to halving homelessness by 2020. It passed, but shamefully the Coalition refused to support it.

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