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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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Productivity Comm report backs a loser in promoting social housing privatisation

Lee Rhiannon 22 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has rejected the Productivity Commission’s privatisation plan for social housing as it would be a recipe for hardship and increased inequality. 

The PC plan is set out in their report “Introduction Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services”.

“Introducing more competition and contestability did not work for vocational education and training and it will not work for social housing,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Save Sydney’s public housing

Lee Rhiannon 15 Sep 2016

The Greens strongly support the day of action to retain public housing and public land in Sydney.

“The Greens want to introduce affordable housing supply bonds to urgently boost the supply of community and public housing,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The attack on public and community housing happens at a state and federal level – the federal government has abandoned funding, and state governments including the Baird government are happy to sell off public housing and public land. 

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As Sydney grows, we need housing reform

Lee Rhiannon 12 Sep 2016

Reports that the Sydney population is set to grow by 2.1 million in the next 20 years is a warning to the Turnbull government to fast track the phase out of negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“There is nothing wrong with moving towards medium density to accommodate a growing population but we need to make sure we are building liveable cities,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Turnbull government too weak to back negative gearing reform

Lee Rhiannon 31 Aug 2016

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison argued in cabinet to tighten negative gearing concessions. 

“The Turnbull government’s devotion to negative gearing is locking thousands of first home-owners out of the housing market. 

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