The Greens, the Property Council of Australia, and the Australian Urban Design Research Centre have developed an ambitious report that demonstrates Perth can accommodate its projected population growth within the existing urban footprint of the city, while also providing a blueprint for vastly improved public transport and boosting affordable housing and local business.
Rural & Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS ON NOTICE Supplementary Budget Estimates October 2012 Infrastructure and Transport Question no.: 69 Program: 1.1 Division/Agency: (NB-II) Nation Building - Infrastructure Investment Topic: Great Eastern Highway Upgrade, Kooyong Road to Tonkin Highway - Traffic Modelling Proof Hansard Page/s: 37 (16/10/12) Senator LUDLAM asked:
The dramatic surge in Perth's median house price and alarming increases in rents show the dire need for action to tackle housing affordability, the Greens said today.
"The Labor Party and the Coalition seem to have forgotten the almost 40 per cent of West Australians who have not bought a home - who can't afford to buy and are being squeezed by rents that are growing at a dramatic rate. Neither Labor nor the Coalition have put forward a plan to tackle the housing crisis," said Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.
Ensuring safe, secure and affordable housing and working to end the housing affordability crisis.
The Greens goal is for all Australians to have access to safe, secure, sustainable and affordable housing. The housing affordability crisis in Australia has come to define this generation. Successive governments have failed to keep up with the housing needs of a diverse, growing and ageing population, and deal with the unprecedented housing stress in boom towns. We are advocating for new and long term solutions that increase choice and security of tenure, and provide diverse types of housing in the places we want to live.
We are working toward increasing the supply of affordable and public housing, instead of artificially stimulating demand. The Greens are working to change the taxation treatment of housing which has promoted it as just another asset class. We are campaigning to end negative gearing and scale back capital gains tax discounts. Houses are homes and shelter is a human right.
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