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Housing plans doomed if govt abandons negative gearing and CGT reform

Lee Rhiannon 3 May 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s refusal to reform negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount means their plan for housing affordability is doomed. 
 
“Continuing to allow investor tax concessions to supercharge the housing market is profoundly irresponsible,” Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“Any plan for housing affordability in next week’s budget that gives a leg up to first home buyers without ending the gross advantages that investors receive will only bid up prices. 
 
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Hardly any homes for low income earners in the Illawarra

Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2017
The Greens say the latest Anglicare rental affordability snapshot illustrates the need for urgent State and Federal government intervention. 
 
Out of 13,447 homes advertised for rent in the Greater Sydney and Illawarra regions:
  • only 26 were affordable and appropriate for people living on income support payments (0.2%), and only five of those were in the Illawarra (0.03%)
  • only 625 properties were affordable and appropriate for people living on the minimum wage (4.6%), and only 101 of those were in the Illawarra (0.7%)
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Rock bottom – over 98% of homes unaffordable for single households on government payments

Lee Rhiannon 27 Apr 2017
The Greens say the latest Anglicare rental affordability snapshot illustrates the magnitude of the housing crisis, and the inadequacy of the current social safety net. Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon has backed Anglicare’s calls for urgent Federal intervention, including the development of a national affordable housing finance corporation, winding back negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, and implementing a national plan for renters. 
 
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Turnbull government's plan for housing is no plan at all

Lee Rhiannon 24 Apr 2017
The Turnbull government's plan is to do nothing, and continue to advantage wealthy property investors over everyone else, writes Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.
 
Treasurer Scott Morrison claims that any attempt to wind back negative gearing would be a setback to renters. Clearly, that is a smoke screen. The Turnbull government is busy trying to distract from their own failure to touch some of the biggest policy levers available to them to address housing affordability.
 
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Labor dog-whistling on “foreign” property buyers

Lee Rhiannon 21 Apr 2017

Labor has damaged their credibility and raised doubts about their response to the housing crisis by running a scare campaign about the impact “foreigners” are having on housing prices, the Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said today.

“It’s disappointing that Labor have continued the xenophobic tactics of the Turnbull government by scapegoating ‘foreigners’ in their housing announcement today,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Greens: Coalition’s plan for housing is no plan at all

Lee Rhiannon 10 Apr 2017
The Greens say the Coalition’s plan for housing affordability, announced today by Treasurer Scott Morrison, is no plan at all.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “We still don’t know what the Turnbull government’s plan to fix housing affordability actually is. 
 
“The Coalition’s housing strategy is an ongoing exercise in blame-shifting and excuses.
 
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Motion: Homelessness

Lee Rhiannon 29 Mar 2017

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (15:40): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) congratulates organisations and groups across Australia providing essential services to people who are homeless, including the Larrakia Nation, Darwin; 24/7 Street Kitchen and Safe Space, Sydney; Food Not Bombs, Adelaide; After Dark Saints, Brisbane; South West Australian Homeless People; and the Homeless Persons Union, Victoria; and

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Motion: Housing Affordability

Lee Rhiannon 24 Mar 2017

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:56): I move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

(i) the United Nations Human Rights Council recently received a report (A/HRC/34/51) from the Special Rapporteur on housing, and

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