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Stop NSW public housing sell-off - Senate backs Greens motion

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Lee Rhiannon 29 Oct 2014

The Australian Senate has passed a Greens’ motion calling on the NSW government to reverse its policy of selling public housing and to continue funding the Glebe Community Development Project.

Greens Balmain MP Jamie Parker has welcomed the Senate's support for public housing in Glebe.

“This is a small but important victory for the Glebe Community Development Project,” NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon said.

“Sydney is facing severe housing affordability. Instead of proper planning, successive Labor and Liberal Governments in NSW have continued to sell off public housing residences so their developer mates can make a big buck.

“The 1970s Green Ban imposed by the NSW Builders Labourers Federation was a historic win for the communities around Glebe and the Rocks and it is sad to see that the same communities are again under threat.

“The Greens put this motion before the Senate to win federal support for the Glebe community that is again rallying against another Liberal government that is too close to developers.”

Greens MP Jamie Parker added that “the defunding of the Glebe Community Development Project is a mean-spirited attack on public housing residents who have greatly benefited from the Project.

“The majority of the Federal Senate can see the importance of these issues but the NSW Liberal government seems blind to social justice and diversity in our community," concluded Mr Parker.


I give notice that on the next day of sitting I will move that:

The Senate -

1. Notes that
a) The NSW Coalition government policy of increasing public housing sell offs is causing stress and uncertainty for public housing tenants across NSW;
b) The Glebe Community Development Project supports a range of organisations that foster community cohesion and improve life opportunities of residents and the NSW Government is currently defunding the Project
c) The 1970s Green Bans organised by local residents and the Builders Labourers Federation and supported by NSW Labor's introduction of the Heritage Act, Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and Land Environment Court Act, as well as the intervention of the Federal Labor Minister for Urban Development Tom Uren saved considerable housing stock in Glebe from demolition when they stopped the construction of an inner city motorway

2. Calls on the NSW government to reverse its policy of selling off public housing and continue funding the Glebe Community Development Project.
Senator Lee Rhiannon


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