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Release of Rental Affordability Index – urgent national housing strategy needed

Lee Rhiannon 23 Nov 2016

The latest Rental Affordability Index, released today, is bleak news for renters and home buyers. It reports Sydney is the most unaffordable city for renters, and Melbourne’s rental affordability is decreasing. 

“In Sydney, average renting households need to spend nearly 28 per cent of their total income on rent. This is unacceptable,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Rhiannon said. 

“Taxing empty homes could be one feature of a whole suite of measures to tackle this country’s housing affordability crisis, including negative gearing and capital gains tax changes.

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National pro-Adler vote latest example of Coalition white anting gun control

The failure of National Senators to oppose the introduction of the rapid fire Adler firearm is further evidence that the Coalition is weakening the legacy of former Prime Minister John Howard, Greens gun control spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
“Today Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should get gun control back on track by publicly stating that his government will oppose the gun lobby’s push to allow more dangerous weapons into Australia,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
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Buying political access the link to One Nation developer donations

Lee Rhiannon 21 Nov 2016
Greens spokesperson for democracy Senator Lee Rhiannon says Vicland property donations to One Nation, as well as Liberal, Labor and Family First parties, are a blatant example of money being used to buy political influence.
New research completed by the Greens Democracy for Sale project compared two party preferred polling figures with total donations declared in an election period. In elections where a particular party was expected to win government, donations favoured those parties.
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