MEDIA RELEASE - 9 February 2018
Greens call on Turnbull to end uncertainty over remote housing funding
Responding to reports that the Turnbull government will not be extending funding for remote housing, Greens Housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon called for the government to consider earmarking specific additional funding in the proposed National Housing and Homelessness Agreement.
“Housing is vital to the well-being of communities and is essential to improving education, health and employment outcomes,“ Senator Rhiannon said.
“At a time when the government is forecast to give away $7.6 billion in Capital Gains Tax discounts on property just this year, it would be a shocking injustice to deny funds which fulfil a basic human right in remote communities.
“This is a mean-spirited and short-sighted decision.
“It is a cop-out to suggest states siphon off other social housing spending to compensate for the federal government’s lack of commitment to remote communities.
“At the very least, the government should propose additional funding in its National Housing and Homelessness Agreement, and earmark that specifically for remote housing,” Senator Rhiannon said.