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. 

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UK negative gearing reforms further isolate Australia

10 Jul 2015

The Australian Greens said today that Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey should learn a negative gearing lesson from their conservative counterparts in the UK.

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Speech: New South Wales Government

17 Jun 2015

Lee questions the New South Wales government's lack of commitment in preserving the historical sector of Parramatta to the advantage of developers. 

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Greens fight to save First Home Saver Account Scheme

17 Jun 2015

Greens fight to save First Home Saver Account Scheme in the face of attack from the Government and Opposition.

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Speech: Housing Affordability

17 Jun 2015

Lee advocates for the adoption of the Greens' plan for negative gearing and capital gains tax reform.

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Motion: Housing Affordability

17 Jun 2015

Lee calls on the Government to immediately review existing beneficial tax arrangements for property investment to improve housing affordability and provide housing for those on social housing waiting lists and those experiencing homelessness. The motion was voted down by the combined vote of the Labor Party and the Liberal-National Coalition.

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Greens lead debate on housing affordability and negative gearing

16 Jun 2015

Senator Scott Ludlam leads the Senate in a matter of public importance debate on housing affordability and negative gearing. 

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No answers from Cormann on the Government's negative gearing fail

15 Jun 2015

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann fails to explain the government's baseless refusal to examine sensible negative gearing reforms and the increasing housing affordability crisis.

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Greens move for Senate debate on housing affordability as Hockey takes leave of reality

11 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens will move for a full debate on housing affordability and negative gearing in the Senate next week, in response to Treasurer Hockey's wild-eyed predictions about the effects of negative gearing.

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10 Jobs for Joe Hockey

10 Jun 2015

Treasurer Joe Hockey has advised people looking to buy a home to "get a good job that pays good money". Here are some options Mr Hockey could consider for himself.

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AdviceForJoe - when in a hole, stop digging

10 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens have welcomed Treasurer Joe Hockey's attempts to contribute to the debate on tax reform and housing affordability, and encouraged him to continue offering free advice to people struggling to stay afloat in Australia's overheated housing market.

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