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Housing crisis “locks in poverty” – Greens warn

Scott Ludlam 2 Jul 2013

The high cost of housing puts millions of Australians on a budget tightrope that can break easily, the Australian Greens warned today.

"Last night's Four Corners showed cases in which the fall from relative stability to deep poverty happened with shocking speed. ACOSS have demonstrated that the crisis is overwhelming the ability of agencies and service providers to respond," said Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Motion calls on Senate to commit to halving homelessness by 2020, Coalition refuses to support it

Scott Ludlam 27 Jun 2013

Senator LUDLAM: I move

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) on any given night more than 105 000 Australians are experiencing homelessness, including 7 000 people sleeping rough or without adequate shelter,

(ii) while the rate of rough sleeping fell by 13.5 per cent between 2006 and 2011, in 2012 more than 136 8000 instances for a request for assistance went unmet, and

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Coalition refuses to commit to halving homelessness by 2020

Scott Ludlam 25 Jun 2013

The Coalition has turned its back on 105,000 homeless Australians today by refusing to commit to the aim of halving homelessness by 2020.

Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Coalition's rejection of a Senate motion on homelessness showed "extraordinary hypocrisy".

"Last Thursday night myself, Malcolm Turnbull and Christopher Pyne took part in the CEO Sleep Out but today the Coalition refused to put their money where their sleeping bags are.

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Greens propose prefab housing to ease homelessness

Scott Ludlam 24 Jun 2013

Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam says modern, pre-fabricated homes should play a part in solving the national housing and homelessness crisis, by delivering new homes that are cheaper and faster to build and more energy efficient than conventionally-built homes.

"Modern, modular housing offers a significant opportunity to deliver new and affordable housing in a fraction of the time of traditionally-built homes, as well as being a more environmentally sustainable product," Senator Ludlam said.

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No-one left behind: Greens plan to end homelessness by 2020

Scott Ludlam 21 Jun 2013

The Australian Greens launched an ambitious national strategy today to eliminate homelessness by 2020.

Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam announced the action plan - Leaving No One Behind - this morning after spending the night on the streets of Civic in Canberra for the St Vinnies CEO Sleep Out to raise funds and awareness for homelessness.

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Greens join CEO sleep-out for homelessness

Scott Ludlam 20 Jun 2013

Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam will spend tonight sleeping on the streets of the nation's capital to raise awareness of homelessness.

"There is no reason why any Australian should be denied the basic human right to shelter. I hope Australians will donate to St Vinnies by sponsoring me for the Sleep Out, and will get behind the Greens' campaign to deliver affordable housing and better services for those in need."

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