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Motion: Social housing

Lee Rhiannon 20 Jun 2018

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:30): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the latest census data indicates that there has been a 13 per cent rise in homelessness since 2011,

   (ii) a well-functioning social housing system that is affordable for tenants is important in reducing homelessness,

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Motion: Housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 6 Jun 2018

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:04): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate:

(a) notes that:

   (i) according to the Anglicare Australia 2018 Rental Affordability Snapshot, only 6% of surveyed rental properties nationwide were affordable and appropriate for households on government income support payments,

   (ii) the same research showed that for households on the minimum wage only 28% of surveyed rental properties nationwide were suitable, and

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Budget 2018 dismisses housing crisis but Senate demands action

Lee Rhiannon 9 May 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 9 May 2018

Budget 2018 dismisses housing crisis but Senate demands action

The 2018 Budget contained no new measures to significantly improve housing affordability or security. But today the Senate has passed a Greens/ALP motion calling for a desperately needed increase in funding for social housing and homelessness services, and to ensure renters’ rights are protected.

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Anglicare rental affordability survey shows action needed for Illawarra region

Lee Rhiannon 30 Apr 2018

MEDIA RELEASE - 30 April 2018

Anglicare rental affordability survey shows action needed for Illawarra region

The Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot has found there were no properties surveyed in the whole Illawarra region affordable for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance, even in a share house. For a couple on the minimum wage with two young children and associated tax benefits and the parenting payment, only 4% of surveyed properties were affordable. For a couple on a pension, it was only 3%.

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