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I Rent And I Vote - Greens launch plan for 85,000 new rental homes to take the pressure down

The Greens put housing affordability at the centre of the election campaign today with a plan to deliver 85,000 new rental homes and ease the pressure on Australian renters.

Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam - who is also a renter - said the almost one in three Australians who rent have been ignored by the old parties.

"The old parties need to face the facts - Australia is now a nation of renters. There are 2.4 million households in one of the most stretched rental markets in the world. Renters shouldn't be treated like second class citizens.

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National Rental Affordability Scheme

Scott Ludlam 25 Aug 2013

Hansard Page: 03/06/2013 - CA112-113
Senator Ludlam asked:
Of the NRAS incentives that have already been signed from previous rounds, is it possible to identify what proportion allocated complied with various standards of universal design against Commonwealth benchmarks?
Answer:
The Department is unable to provide information on the proportion of NRAS incentives allocated that comply with various standards of universal design against Commonwealth benchmarks, without an unreasonable diversion of resources.

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Social Housing - Transfer of Stock

Scott Ludlam 24 Aug 2013

Senator Ludlam asked:
Could you provide a break down by state of where the states stand now in meeting the COAG agreed commitments to transfer 35 per cent of housing stock into the community sector by 2014?
Answer:
In May 2009 Housing Ministers agreed to develop, over time, a large scale community housing sector in Australia comprising up to 35 per cent of social housing by 2014.

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Social Housing

Scott Ludlam 24 Aug 2013

Senator Ludlam asked:

Could you provide an estimate, to a baseline year of 2020, of how many dwellings you would need to get back up to 5 per cent of all stock?

Answer:

The National Housing Supply Council estimated that by 2020 the total stock of occupied dwellings would be 10,390,800 (National Housing Supply Council 2011 Report Table A2.5). For the stock of occupied social housing to represent 5 per cent of all occupied dwellings the size of the social housing sector would need to be 519,540 occupied dwellings.

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Greens offer Territorians practical housing solutions

Christine Milne 18 Aug 2013

The Australian Greens have announced a plan to tackle homelessness and long housing waiting times in the Northern Territory during a visit from Leader Senator Christine Milne.

"The Greens have a plan to build more houses and increase funding for homelessness services to help the Territory cut waiting times and get people off the streets," Senator Milne said in Darwin today with Greens Senate candidate Warren H. Williams.

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Gas and oil debate ignores Western Australia’s solar potential

Debate around gas and oil development and the implications of Labor's Northern Territory tax plan misses the main question about Western Australia's energy future, The Greens said today.

"While the Premier attacks the Prime Minister for supposedly threatening his gas ambitions, and Kevin Rudd talks about making Perth an oil and gas headquarters, both Labor and the Liberals are ignoring Western Australia's huge solar potential," said Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

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