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Greens move for Senate debate on housing affordability as Hockey takes leave of reality

Scott Ludlam 11 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens will move for a full debate on housing affordability and negative gearing in the Senate next week, in response to Treasurer Hockey's wild-eyed predictions about the effects of negative gearing.

"To try and dissuade the Treasurer from just making stuff up in future, the Greens will move for an evidence-based debate in the Senate when Parliament resumes," said Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

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10 Jobs for Joe Hockey

Scott Ludlam 10 Jun 2015

10 Jobs For Joe Hockey
[That Would Make It Tough To Buy A House]

When it comes to housing affordability, Treasurer Joe Hockey has advised people looking to buy a home to "get a good job that pays good money".

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AdviceForJoe - when in a hole, stop digging

Scott Ludlam 10 Jun 2015

The Australian Greens have welcomed Treasurer Joe Hockey's attempts to contribute to the debate on tax reform and housing affordability, and encouraged him to continue offering free advice to people struggling to stay afloat in Australia's overheated housing market.

"In bringing forward our proposal to abolish Negative Gearing, the Greens have sought to highlight the unfairness of tax concessions flowing to property investors at the expense of renters and first home buyers," Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

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Abbott fails to act on Treasury Secretary's call on housing bubble

Under questioning from the Greens Spokesperson for Finance, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, the Treasury Secretary John Fraser said that, for Sydney and parts of Melbourne, the housing market was ‘unequivocally’ a bubble.

When Senator Whish-Wilson later questioned the Reserve Bank, Assistant Governor Malcolm Edey added that “…a lot of people do think it’s a bubble – serious people think that – and we agree that this is a situation where the market is strong, it’s overheated, it’s a risky situation…”

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Senate inquiry delivers housing affordability answers

Scott Ludlam 8 May 2015

A Senate Inquiry has today tabled its timely report on the housing affordability and homelessness crisis facing Australia, making a range of practical proposals for making housing more affordable.

Australian Greens deputy leader Senator Scott Ludlam participated in the Senate Economics References Committee report into Affordable Housing.

"This is an evidence-based, substantive report that clearly sets out the reality that we have the tools at hand to deal with the housing affordability crisis," Senator Ludlam said today.

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Transcript - Media conference on housing affordability

Scott Ludlam 30 Apr 2015

Transcript - Housing Affordability 

The Greens have noted the release of the Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot, which paints a really grim picture of the catastrophically unaffordable state of housing for the nation's renters.

A third of Australian households are rental households, and many people, particularly young people, have given up on the thought of ever owning their own home.

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Greens call for action on housing and rental affordability crisis

Scott Ludlam 30 Apr 2015

The Australian Greens have called for the federal government to reverse half a billion dollars of cuts to housing affordability and homelessness services and rethink its blinkered opposition to reforming negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions that have artificially inflated property prices.

Anglicare's National Rental Affordability Snapshot for 2015 was released today, showing a severe rental affordability crisis for Australians on low and fixed incomes or income support payments.

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International index highlights Australia’s housing affordability shame

The Australian Greens said today that the Abbott government's 2014 cuts to housing and homelessness will continue to drag down the nation's housing affordability unless they are reversed in the upcoming federal budget.

"Published today by the Social Progress Imperative, the Social Progress Index shows that Australia is ranked 51st out of 133 countries on housing affordability. This is an indictment on Tony Abbott and his government's cruelty," Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens housing spokesperson said today.

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Australian dream of home ownership now a nightmare – shame Abbott shot the messenger

Scott Ludlam 25 Nov 2013

While buying a first home is now out of reach for many, the Abbott Government has axed the key housing advisory body and is washing its hands of all responsibility for the warped state of the Australian housing market.

Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said recently released ABS figures showed potential first home owners were being locked out of the market, even as the Government moved to abolish the National Housing Supply Council.

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