WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has backed a significant campaign from the Western Australian business community confirming that an electric light rail network is critical to Perth’s growth and development as a healthier, more prosperous community.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (22:19): The New South Wales Liberal and National parties are hell-bent on selling off our collective wealth. While Premier Michael Baird might put a smiley face on the harsh coalition policies, he is not dissimilar from his friend and neighbour, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Privatisation is a key election platform for the NSW Liberal and National parties. Support for big business, particularly by opening up the sale of public services and assets, is the foundation of the New South Wales coalition government.
Late in 2014, in the shadow of a chaotic year in Parliament and right before the nation’s media switched off the lights for the summer break, the Abbott Government dealt a sharp blow to homeless people and anyone struggling to pay the rent or meet mortgage repayments.
Young people wouldn’t need to raid their financial security if Joe Hockey hadn’t scrapped a raft of housing affordability schemes in last year’s budget including the First Home buyer’s savings scheme said Greens housing spokesperson Scott Ludlam.
“Joe Hockey is desperately trying to fill a vacuum with failed policy after scrapping housing affordability programs that were working in last year’s Budget,” he said.
Ensuring safe, secure and affordable housing and working to end the housing affordability crisis.
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, and deal with 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 and public housing, instead of artificially stimulating demand. The Greens are working to change the taxation treatment of housing which has promoted it as just another asset class. We are campaigning to end negative gearing and scale back capital gains tax discounts. Houses are homes and shelter is a human right.
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