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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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Australian Greens portfolio reshuffle: Senator Rhiannon picks up Housing, Industry and Gun Control

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25 August 2016

Portfolio allocations for the Greens parliamentary team was announced today. 

Senator Rhiannon has taken on three new portfolios: Housing, Industry and Gun Control. She will retain her portfolios of Democracy, Local Government and Animal Welfare.

“Australia faces tremendous challenges, with the provision of housing affordability one of the most critical if we are to reduce inequality. I look forward to picking up on the leading work of Senator Scott Ludlam in this area,” said Senator Rhiannon. 

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Barnett transport plan provides little faith

Scott Ludlam 29 Jul 2016

The Western Australian public should have little trust in the Barnett Government's public transport plan released today, given the Government's failure to deliver on past election promises, said Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities, WA Senator Scott Ludlam.

"With the state election on the horizon, the Barnett Government is finally panicking at the reality of eight years of failure to deal with Perth's desperate need for public transport," he said. 

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Greens launch national community infrastructure fund

Scott Ludlam 30 Jun 2016

Infant health centres, jobs and training hubs, sports clubs, learning centres, libraries and community centres and service facilities will get a $100million facelift under a Green’s plan to revitalise regional, remote and outer metropolitan towns.

The Green’s National Community Infrastructure Fund would reverse cuts the Liberal-National Government made to outer metropolitan areas under the National Stronger Regions fund, who now have to compete with inner city project projects for funding.

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