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Estimates: Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee: Infrastructure and Regional Development Portfolio: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

Lee Rhiannon 24 May 2017

Monday 22 May

Senator RHIANNON: Can I just check if my questions can be asked here?

ACTING CHAIR: Certainly, Senator Rhiannon.

Senator RHIANNON: My questions are about the National Housing Infrastructure Facility. Can I ask them in this section?

Mr Mrdak: No, we have not been involved in that program, Senator, I am sorry.

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Urgent action needed on rental affordability

Lee Rhiannon 17 May 2017
The Rental Affordability Index for December 2016 released today shows urgent action needs to be taken by the Turnbull government, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said.
 
“The deeply shocking statistics about rental affordability keep coming, but we are not seeing any action from the Turnbull government,” Senator Rhiannon said. 
 
“In the recent budget there was no real funding increase for social housing and homelessness services, and no increase in rent assistance for low-income renters.
 
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A useless housing budget

Lee Rhiannon 10 May 2017
The number of people who are homeless and the number struggling to buy their first home will increase under the Liberal-National budget, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“The Turnbull government has only offered superficial solutions to the housing crisis. There are fourteen supposed housing affordability measures in this budget, but none of them will do much to make housing more affordable. 
 
“Any housing plan that does not reform negative gearing and the capital gains discount is a sham.
 
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Housing plans doomed if govt abandons negative gearing and CGT reform

Lee Rhiannon 3 May 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s refusal to reform negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount means their plan for housing affordability is doomed. 
 
“Continuing to allow investor tax concessions to supercharge the housing market is profoundly irresponsible,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“Any plan for housing affordability in next week’s budget that gives a leg up to first home buyers without ending the gross advantages that investors receive will only bid up prices. 
 
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Hardly any homes for low income earners in the Illawarra

Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2017
The Greens say the latest Anglicare rental affordability snapshot illustrates the need for urgent State and Federal government intervention. 
 
Out of 13,447 homes advertised for rent in the Greater Sydney and Illawarra regions:
  • only 26 were affordable and appropriate for people living on income support payments (0.2%), and only five of those were in the Illawarra (0.03%)
  • only 625 properties were affordable and appropriate for people living on the minimum wage (4.6%), and only 101 of those were in the Illawarra (0.7%)
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Rock bottom – over 98% of homes unaffordable for single households on government payments

Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2017
The Greens say the latest Anglicare rental affordability snapshot illustrates the magnitude of the housing crisis, and the inadequacy of the current social safety net. Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed Anglicare’s calls for urgent Federal intervention, including the development of a national affordable housing finance corporation, winding back negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, and implementing a national plan for renters. 
 
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Turnbull government's plan for housing is no plan at all

Lee Rhiannon 24 Apr 2017
The Turnbull government's plan is to do nothing, and continue to advantage wealthy property investors over everyone else, writes Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.
 
Treasurer Scott Morrison claims that any attempt to wind back negative gearing would be a setback to renters. Clearly, that is a smoke screen. The Turnbull government is busy trying to distract from their own failure to touch some of the biggest policy levers available to them to address housing affordability.
 
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Labor dog-whistling on “foreign” property buyers

Lee Rhiannon 21 Apr 2017

Labor has damaged their credibility and raised doubts about their response to the housing crisis by running a scare campaign about the impact “foreigners” are having on housing prices, the Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“It’s disappointing that Labor have continued the xenophobic tactics of the Turnbull government by scapegoating ‘foreigners’ in their housing announcement today,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens: Coalition’s plan for housing is no plan at all

Lee Rhiannon 10 Apr 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s plan for housing affordability, announced today by Treasurer Scott Morrison, is no plan at all.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “We still don’t know what the Turnbull government’s plan to fix housing affordability actually is. 
 
“The Coalition’s housing strategy is an ongoing exercise in blame-shifting and excuses.
 
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