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Productivity Comm report backs a loser in promoting social housing privatisation

Lee Rhiannon 22 Sep 2016

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has rejected the Productivity Commission’s privatisation plan for social housing as it would be a recipe for hardship and increased inequality. 

The PC plan is set out in their report “Introduction Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services”.

“Introducing more competition and contestability did not work for vocational education and training and it will not work for social housing,” Senator Rhiannon said. 

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Save Sydney’s public housing

Lee Rhiannon 15 Sep 2016

The Greens strongly support the day of action to retain public housing and public land in Sydney.

“The Greens want to introduce affordable housing supply bonds to urgently boost the supply of community and public housing,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“The attack on public and community housing happens at a state and federal level – the federal government has abandoned funding, and state governments including the Baird government are happy to sell off public housing and public land. 

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As Sydney grows, we need housing reform

Lee Rhiannon 12 Sep 2016

Reports that the Sydney population is set to grow by 2.1 million in the next 20 years is a warning to the Turnbull government to fast track the phase out of negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 

“There is nothing wrong with moving towards medium density to accommodate a growing population but we need to make sure we are building liveable cities,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Turnbull government too weak to back negative gearing reform

Lee Rhiannon 31 Aug 2016

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon has commented on reports that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison argued in cabinet to tighten negative gearing concessions. 

“The Turnbull government’s devotion to negative gearing is locking thousands of first home-owners out of the housing market. 

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Australian Greens portfolio reshuffle: Senator Rhiannon picks up Housing, Industry and Gun Control

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25 August 2016

Portfolio allocations for the Greens parliamentary team was announced today. 

Senator Rhiannon has taken on three new portfolios: Housing, Industry and Gun Control. She will retain her portfolios of Democracy, Local Government and Animal Welfare.

“Australia faces tremendous challenges, with the provision of housing affordability one of the most critical if we are to reduce inequality. I look forward to picking up on the leading work of Senator Scott Ludlam in this area,” said Senator Rhiannon. 

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Greens National Council Resolution to Tackle Negative Gearing and Housing Affordability

Scott Ludlam 20 Feb 2016

The Australian Greens have committed to phasing out negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts at their National Council Meeting today.

"It's long overdue that the abolition of these subsidies for the wealthy are part of a national debate on taxation," Australian Greens Housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said today.

"For too long both Labor and Liberal parties tried to silence any discussion about reforming negative gearing and capital gains tax, so that it's on the table at all is welcome progress.

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Speech: War on Trees

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (21:43): The New South Wales Premier, Mike Baird, is waging a war on trees-quite literally, a war on trees. It is extremely destructive, occasioning great hurt, and right now he is not stopping. In one suburb, Randwick, along Anzac Parade, 400 trees are being turned into woodchips. These are beautiful trees-trees that are habitat to an amazing array of birds, possums and an incredible number of insects. The biodiversity is considerable. Many of these trees are now being destroyed by 'Mike Baird's chainsaw massacre'.

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The Greens on housing

Lee Rhiannon 7 Jan 2016

The Greens' plan for Australia's housing crisis calls for a National Housing Roadmap which will end homelessness by 2020, build new social housing homes and new affordable rentals over the next decade, and kickstart an Australian-made prefabricated housing industry.

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Record Sydney house prices nothing to be proud of - time to tackle negative gearing

Lee Rhiannon 23 Jul 2015

Increasing numbers of homeless people - the ugly side of the $1 million price tag for a Sydney home - require fast tracking far reaching reforms to negative gearing and capital gains tax, Greens NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

"The Sydney housing crisis should be a top priority of the NSW and federal governments," Senator Rhiannon said.

"Prime Minister Tony Abbott should speak up for those in his home city who are doing it tough with no relief in sight for secure housing.

"The working of the housing market excludes increasing numbers of people.

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