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Labor dog-whistling on “foreign” property buyers

Lee Rhiannon 21 Apr 2017

Labor has damaged their credibility and raised doubts about their response to the housing crisis by running a scare campaign about the impact “foreigners” are having on housing prices, the Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“It’s disappointing that Labor have continued the xenophobic tactics of the Turnbull government by scapegoating ‘foreigners’ in their housing announcement today,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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A desperate government dog-whistles to sell bad housing policy

Lee Rhiannon 22 Mar 2017

The Australian Greens have slammed the Turnbull government’s latest proposal on housing – pushing migrants out of Sydney. 

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Today the Turnbull government is desperately trying to distract from their own failures on housing policy with some shameless dog whistling. 

“They are doubling down on their attacks against migrant communities to build a false narrative about what is driving the housing crisis. 

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PM’s axe falls on housing affordability – another Turnbull failure

Lee Rhiannon 11 Feb 2017

One of the biggest failures of the Turnbull government is shaping up to be their inability to ensure all Australians have access to secure affordable housing, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said in response to reports that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) will be scrapped in the May Budget.

“Winding up the $9 billion National Affordable Housing Agreement will push more people into homelessness and lock people out of secure housing,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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NPAH needs long term, secure funding

Lee Rhiannon 9 Dec 2016
The Turnbull government's failure to adequately fund homelessness services will drive greater inequality across the nation, the Australian Greens said today. 
 
The Greens are calling on the government to restore the $44 million that was previously cut from the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH), and to guarantee long term funding for the NPAH.
 
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Release of Rental Affordability Index – urgent national housing strategy needed

Lee Rhiannon 23 Nov 2016

The latest Rental Affordability Index, released today, is bleak news for renters and home buyers. It reports Sydney is the most unaffordable city for renters, and Melbourne’s rental affordability is decreasing. 

“In Sydney, average renting households need to spend nearly 28 per cent of their total income on rent. This is unacceptable,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Rhiannon said. 

“Taxing empty homes could be one feature of a whole suite of measures to tackle this country’s housing affordability crisis, including negative gearing and capital gains tax changes.

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Housing inquiry stalled – Greens will push to restore it

Lee Rhiannon 25 Oct 2016

The Turnbull government’s decision to let an inquiry into housing lapse is the latest example of the Coalition avoiding putting the spotlight on the need for real reform, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

When parliament resumes the Greens will put a motion to the Senate calling on the Turnbull government to complete the inquiry.

“On the next sitting day in Parliament I will put a motion to the Senate calling on the Turnbull government to complete this inquiry,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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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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