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The future of Australia’s cities – Green or grim?

Greens spokesperson on sustainable cities Senator Scott Ludlam said the National Sustainability Council's report released today "drives home the need for new thinking on urban planning to deal with growing populations, pollution, congestion, and housing affordability".

"Bad urban planning has turned up bad results. People are struggling to find affordable places to live and are spending more time and money getting to and from work. Poor planning costs the economy and the environment.

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Greens back call for sweeping urban planning reform

The Greens have congratulated a new alliance of peak bodies for taking the initiative with proposals for sweeping urban planning reforms.

"A New Deal for Urban Australia - released today by The Urban Coalition - sets out a vision for fixing Australia's cities and major towns, and is a stinging rebuke to Tony Abbott's destructive stance on urban policy," said Greens spokesperson for sustainable cities Senator Scott Ludlam.

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WA's housing crisis demands bold and creative solutions

Scott Ludlam 25 Apr 2013

The Barnett Government is virtually ignoring the state's housing crisis, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam warned today as new figures showed another surge in house prices and rents were tipped to double in almost 200 WA suburbs.

"The mining boom has driven up the cost of living, driven up the cost of housing, flattened trade-exposed industries, and attracted significant numbers of people to the State, yet the Barnett Government blissfully ignores the housing crisis gripping Western Australia," said Senator Ludlam.

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Youth homelessness ‘a growing national tragedy’ – Greens

With almost 18,000 children under the age of 12 homeless in Australia, new ideas and new funding to tackle homelessness must be on the table for the Federal election, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

On Youth Homelessness Matters Day Senator Ludlam - the Greens spokesperson for housing - said youth homelessness was "a growing national tragedy that demands extraordinary measures".

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