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“If you’re under the age of 35, you’ve been screwed over in this budget - whether it’s the gouging of higher education, the lack of action on climate change or the refusal to tackle housing affordability,” Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale said.

“It’s clear that the Government finally understands you can’t just keep cutting spending without raising revenue. But this is a budget with no vision or direction for the country. It isn’t a roadmap for the future, it’s a highway to nowhere,” Dr Di Natale said. 

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Housing plans doomed if govt abandons negative gearing and CGT reform

Lee Rhiannon 3 May 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s refusal to reform negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount means their plan for housing affordability is doomed. 
 
“Continuing to allow investor tax concessions to supercharge the housing market is profoundly irresponsible,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“Any plan for housing affordability in next week’s budget that gives a leg up to first home buyers without ending the gross advantages that investors receive will only bid up prices. 
 
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Hardly any homes for low income earners in the Illawarra

Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2017
The Greens say the latest Anglicare rental affordability snapshot illustrates the need for urgent State and Federal government intervention. 
 
Out of 13,447 homes advertised for rent in the Greater Sydney and Illawarra regions:
  • only 26 were affordable and appropriate for people living on income support payments (0.2%), and only five of those were in the Illawarra (0.03%)
  • only 625 properties were affordable and appropriate for people living on the minimum wage (4.6%), and only 101 of those were in the Illawarra (0.7%)
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Rock bottom – over 98% of homes unaffordable for single households on government payments

Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2017
The Greens say the latest Anglicare rental affordability snapshot illustrates the magnitude of the housing crisis, and the inadequacy of the current social safety net. Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed Anglicare’s calls for urgent Federal intervention, including the development of a national affordable housing finance corporation, winding back negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, and implementing a national plan for renters. 
 
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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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Greens: Coalition’s plan for housing is no plan at all

Lee Rhiannon 10 Apr 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s plan for housing affordability, announced today by Treasurer Scott Morrison, is no plan at all.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “We still don’t know what the Turnbull government’s plan to fix housing affordability actually is. 
 
“The Coalition’s housing strategy is an ongoing exercise in blame-shifting and excuses.
 
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House prices skyrocket since Cabinet rejected capital gains tax reforms

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Turnbull needs to stop throwing petrol on the housing fire

Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, is today calling on the Government to end its reckless support for negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts that are fuelling a housing crisis.

Senator Whish-Wilson said, “It doesn’t seem to matter which expert comes out against negative gearing or what happens to house prices, the Government remains in denial about its role in the housing crisis.

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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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Greens: Xenophon is wrong about super for housing

Lee Rhiannon 17 Mar 2017
The Greens say the ‘super for housing’ scheme is an idiotic idea that will make housing affordability worse, and have criticised Senator Nick Xenophon for signalling his support for it.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Senator Xenophon has been pushing the ‘super for housing’ idea since 2014. It wasn’t a good one then and it isn’t a good one now.
 
“The Liberals dredge this up every now and then, and disappointingly Senator Xenophon has jumped on board.
 
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