MEDIA RELEASE - 9 May 2018
Budget 2018 dismisses housing crisis but Senate demands action
The 2018 Budget contained no new measures to significantly improve housing affordability or security. But today the Senate has passed a Greens/ALP motion calling for a desperately needed increase in funding for social housing and homelessness services, and to ensure renters’ rights are protected.
Just last week Anglicare Australia released their Rental Affordability Snapshot which showed only six per cent of surveyed properties were affordable for people on income support payments. The latest Census data also showed a 13.7 per cent increase in homelessness, showing the ongoing housing crisis demands serious action, commented Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
“The Turnbull government is so out of touch they may actually think the housing crisis is over,” said Senator Rhiannon.
“The government failed to raise real levels of funding for homelessness services and social housing. That is a slap in the face considering they’ve found billions of dollars to dish out to big companies and the rich.
“We desperately need more social housing that guarantees affordability by charging rent as a proportion of income.
“The Greens have a costed plan to build 500,000 social homes to house over one million people.
“We also need to reform unfair tax breaks and strengthen rights for renters in the private market. These measures will go a long way to ensuring everyone has a home,” said Senator Rhiannon.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:
That the Senate –
- Notes that:
- According to the Anglicare Australia 2018 Rental Affordability Snapshot, only 6% of surveyed rental properties nationwide were affordable and appropriate for households on government income support payments;
- The same research showed that for households on the minimum wage only 28% of surveyed rental properties nationwide were suitable;
- The 2016 Census data revealed more than 116,000 people were experiencing homelessness on Census night; and
- Calls on the government to:
- Provide real support for people who are homeless by increasing the real level of funding for homelessness services and social housing; and
- Work with the States, Territories and relevant non-government organisations to set national minimum tenancy standards to ensure that tenants’ rights are protected in relation to matters including fairer processes around lease terminations and evictions, fair standards to govern the amounts by which rents can be increased and provide for long-term residential leases that enable households the full enjoyment of a secure home.
SENATOR LEE RHIANNON
SENATOR DOUG CAMERON