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For one million West Australians, rising house prices are no reason to celebrate

Scott Ludlam 31 Jan 2013

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.

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Scott Ludlam Senate Estimates - National Rental Affordability Scheme

Scott Ludlam 14 Dec 2012

Senate Community Affairs Committee ANSWERS TO ESTIMATES QUESTIONS ON NOTICE FAMILIES, HOUSING, COMMUNITY SERVICES AND INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS PORTFOLIO 2012-13 Budget Estimates Hearings

Outcome Number: 2 Question No: 47
Topic: National Rental Affordability Scheme
Hansard Page: 28/05/2012 - CA97

Senator Ludlam asked:
How much money have residents saved from sustainability initiatives and energy efficiency within the NRAS build?

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State of the Cities shows need for new thinking on housing and transport

The State of the Cities Report shows the urgent need for a coordinated approach to transport and housing, Australian Greens sustainable cities spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said today.

"The Report vindicates what advocates of sustainable urban planning have been saying for more than a decade," Senator Ludlam said. "On one hand the supply of housing is not meeting demand, on the other hand urban sprawl solves one problem by creating more problems."

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‘Billionaire’s burden’ a cruel hoax

Billionaire heir to Lang Hancock's mining empire Gina Rinehart has no idea what life is like for workers on the minimum wage, the Australian Greens said today.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said Ms Rinehart's desire to cut the minimum wage was "based on ignorance and a complete lack of concern for the challenges working people face in their lives".

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Greens urge Ministers to take bold action on housing affordability

Scott Ludlam 30 Aug 2012

The Greens WA applaud the release of the Australians for Affordable Housing four-point plan on the eve of the Housing Ministers meeting in Perth tomorrow.

Greens state housing spokesperson for Western Australia Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC said: "The four-point plan is not a Band-Aid solution - it is a comprehensive approach to a complex problem."

"Listen up, Mr Redman - the voices of Australia's leading thinkers on housing affordability, backed by almost 70 NGOs and peak bodies, are putting forward the kind of innovative solutions we need to see. What action will you take?"

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More than 99 per cent of rental properties in WA too expensive for pensioners and workers on minimum wage

Scott Ludlam 30 Apr 2012

Rental housing affordability in WA has gone beyond breaking point, The Greens said today, as new figures show workers on the minimum wage, pensioners, and unemployed people cannot afford 99 per cent of West Australian rental properties.

Australian Greens housing spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said the Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot 2012 released today showed rising rents were causing severe pressure on people.

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Housing crisis - More than 95 per cent of rental properties too expensive for pensioners and workers on minimum wage

Scott Ludlam 30 Apr 2012

Rental housing affordability has gone beyond breaking point, the Australian Greens said today, as new figures show workers on the minimum wage, couples on the pension, and unemployed people cannot afford 96 per cent of Australian rental properties.

Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Anglicare Rental Affordability Snapshot 2012 released today showed rising rents were causing severe pressure on people.

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