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A summary of our housing work in 2017

Lee Rhiannon 21 Dec 2017

It was a lean year for housing at the federal level so it’s good to see some movements in the states and territories, particularly in NSW with Greens MP Jenny Leong's work on state tenancy laws.

The federal government has continued to protect the interests of the property sector by failing to real levels of funding for homelessness services and social housing, and leaving unfair investor tax breaks in place. We expect no changes in MYEFO on Monday.

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Homelessness figures show crisis worsening

Lee Rhiannon 14 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE -14 December 2017

Homelessness figures show crisis worsening

Responding to today’s release of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Annual Report on homelessness services NSW Greens spokesperson on Housing, Jenny Leong MP and Australian Greens spokesperson on Housing, Senator Lee Rhiannon have called for an urgent commitment to a housing first approach by state and federal governments.

Jenny Leong MP said:

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Motion: Older People and Homelessness

On Monday, 4 December 2017, Lee successfully moved the following in the Australian Senate. 

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:38): I would like to add the names of Senators Hinch and Polley to this motion. I, and also on behalf of Senators Hinch, Polley and Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that, according to:

(i) census data, the proportion of renting households in housing stress, whose reference person is aged 65 years or over, has risen from 31.7 per cent in 1996 to 54.2 per cent in 2016,

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Rental index shows market failing renters in Bennelong area

Lee Rhiannon 1 Dec 2017

MEDIA RELEASE - 1 December 2017

Rental index shows market failing renters in Bennelong area.

Today’s Rental Affordability Index shows the Bennelong area is severely unaffordable for a single person on benefits and single pensioners. A single pensioner would typically pay 60 per cent of their income on rent, leading to significant housing stress.

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Greens call on government to respond to Meriton’s threat of evictions

Lee Rhiannon 3 Nov 2017

MEDIA RELEASE               

3 November 2017

Greens call on government to respond to Meriton’s threat of evictions

6000 households in Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast face an uncertain future as a result of Harry Triguboff’s threat to not renew leases and to sell properties if changes are made to tenancy laws in favour of tenants, said Australian Greens housing spokesperson, Senator Lee Rhiannon.

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Motion: Homelessness

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (17:30): I, and also on behalf of Senators Rice and Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the Australian Human Rights Commission estimates that one in four of the 20 000 homeless young people in NSW is gay or lesbian,

   (ii) there is a general lack of Australian research on LGBTIQ homelessness,

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