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Motion: Housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 15 Feb 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:32): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the proportion of Australians leasing in the private rental housing market is the highest in over 50 years,

   (ii) long-run structural changes in Australia's housing system are leading to increasing numbers of households choosing to rent on a long-term and, in some cases, a permanent basis,

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Speech: Turnbull Government

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:54): The Prime Minister's bad news week will continue when he returns to Sydney. When he goes to his Point Piper mansion on that multimillion dollar street he will have to navigate his way around a giant sinkhole. A giant sinkhole, believe it or not, has opened up. So we have this perfect metaphor. Not only is he falling into a hole in terms of how he is handling his policy work in Canberra; he will literally have to navigate his way around one when he returns to Sydney.

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Business: Rearrangement

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (09:50): We are 20 minutes into our time—20 minutes that could have been used on the ABCC debate. We have the Leader of the Government in the Senate—he who must be obeyed—coming in here and again mismanaging things. We should have got into the debate. All through this management of the ABCC debate, there has been cooperation. Although we have huge differences on the actual substance, there has been clear cooperation in getting on with the debate.

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