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Productivity Comm report backs a loser in promoting social housing privatisation

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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. 

“We have failed to build the homes that Australians need and we have failed to properly invest in public housing. The provision of adequate, affordable housing is the obligation of the government. 

“Demand for social housing outstrips supply, and it is unacceptable that there are 206,000 people on the waiting lists.

“The vocational education reforms that Labor ushered in did not fail because of a lack of government oversight, they failed and they continue to fail under the Coalition because of the fundamental nature of contestability models. 

“Creeping privatisation is a threat to the public good – in education, health, housing, to services in remote Indigenous communities and to social services.

“The Coalition’s recipe for privatisation is to strangle public services and then gloat that they are ineffective while pushing privatisation. 

“While demand for public housing has been growing, government funding has been in decline and the states have been eagerly selling off public housing stock. We need to turn this around and commit the necessary funds to boost affordable public housing.

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