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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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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Greens announce reforms to end negative gearing and boost affordable housing supply

07 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens have today announced a policy package to reform negative gearing and use the proceeds to boost affordable housing, building more than 14,500 new homes for our most vulnerable.

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Abbott fails to act on Treasury Secretary's call on housing bubble

01 Jun 2015

Under questioning from the Greens Spokesperson for Finance, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, the Treasury Secretary John Fraser said that, for Sydney and parts of Melbourne, the housing market was ‘unequivocally’ a bubble.

Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens housing spokesperson said today, “Despite the Prime Minister’s hopes that housing prices are increasing, the reality is that there are thousands of people stuck on emergency social housing waiting lists and that Australia is facing a housing affordability crisis.

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State government hides in the dark as green power generation booms

01 Jun 2015

A Greens’ report on the uptake of home solar photovoltaic (PV) power has found WA householders have installed equivalent capacity to two coal-fired power stations, exposing the state government’s lack of planning and preparedness as people act to reduce household power bills.

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Greens demand an end to doomed Freight Link farce

27 May 2015

The Australian Greens have formally asked the federal government to call off the senseless waste of more than a billion dollars on the Perth Freight Link, as the Barnett Government’s increasingly incoherent project planning continues to unravel.

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Perth Freight Link & Roe 8 - Federal Environmental Regulator

26 May 2015

Scott questions the Federal Environmental Regulator within the Environment Department over the Perth Freight Link & Roe 8 projects.

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Speech - Senate Report on housing affordability

12 May 2015

Scott speaks to the Senate about the tabling of the Senate Inquiry report into housing affordability, which makes a range of practical proposals for making housing more affordable. 

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Senate inquiry delivers housing affordability answers

08 May 2015

A Senate Inquiry has today tabled its timely report on the housing affordability and homelessness crisis facing Australia, making a range of practical proposals for making housing more affordable.

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