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Government loses the plot on housing affordability: Greens

Scott Ludlam 2 May 2016

The government's stubborn refusal to act on yet another substantial piece of evidence that negative gearing is forcing people out of the housing market shows just how divorced from reality they are, the Australian Greens said today.

"A Liberal-chaired inquiry into housing affordability found that negative gearing has created a housing market dominated by speculative investors, a housing market where first home buyers are increasingly shut out," Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

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Cormann citing ‘public interest’ to deny Perth freight docs is arrogant: Ludlam

Scott Ludlam 29 Apr 2016

The Abbott-Turnbull Government’s weakly veiled defense of ‘public interest’ to hide the Perth Freight Link business case and reasons behind the decision to announce an extra $260million to dig a tunnel under people’s homes smacks of arrogance and contempt for the WA community.

Greens co-deputy leader, Senator for WA Scott Ludlam won a senate motion on April 19, 2016 for all correspondence between ministers offices and their departments to justify the extra funding and a full business case.

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Tackling root causes critical to reducing youth homelessness: Greens

Scott Ludlam 28 Apr 2016

Greater investment in early intervention programs will reduce the risk of young people becoming homeless in the first place, Greens WA Housing spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC says.

“The report released today by Swinburne University reinforces what the Greens and the community sector have been saying all along – we need early intervention programs and better family violence services,” Ms MacLaren said. 

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Slow clap for Turnbull's non-announcement to keep negative gearing

Scott Ludlam 24 Apr 2016

Today the Australian Greens extend a slow clap to Malcolm Turnbull for his predictable non-announcement to keep negative gearing, which is locking thousand of first home-owners out of the housing market.

Greens co-deputy leader and spokesperson for housing Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said housing had now become a pivotal election issue and the Greens will continue to fight to scrap negative gearing.

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Green’s rental survey reveals hardship

Scott Ludlam 22 Apr 2016

Nearly 50 per cent of renters are spending half of their wage on rent according to preliminary feedback from the Green’s Rental Affordability Survey launched yesterday.

In the last 24 hours, 2188 people have responded to questions of rental affordability, unwarranted evictions, landlord maintenance issues and rent increases.

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Greens housing affordability 2016 election pledge

Scott Ludlam 20 Apr 2016

The Australian Greens 2016 election campaign for real action on housing affordability is now more important than ever in light of Anglicare’s Rental Snapshot released today showing Australians continue to struggle to find suitable housing.

“Each year, this amazing charity delivers this stark report and each year Governments sit on their hands and ignores the problem as it gets worse,” said Senator Ludlam.

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Turnbull disobeys Senate order over PFL tunnel docs

Scott Ludlam 20 Apr 2016

Turnbull disobeys Senate order over PFL tunnel docs


The Abbott-Turnbull Government has continued to deny the Western Australian community the truth over the Perth Freight Link tunnel by disobeying a Senate order to table the business case analysis and correspondence between State and Federal Ministers and their departments.


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