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A desperate government dog-whistles to sell bad housing policy

Lee Rhiannon 22 Mar 2017

The Australian Greens have slammed the Turnbull government’s latest proposal on housing – pushing migrants out of Sydney. 

Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Today the Turnbull government is desperately trying to distract from their own failures on housing policy with some shameless dog whistling. 

“They are doubling down on their attacks against migrant communities to build a false narrative about what is driving the housing crisis. 

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Greens: Xenophon is wrong about super for housing

Lee Rhiannon 17 Mar 2017
The Greens say the ‘super for housing’ scheme is an idiotic idea that will make housing affordability worse, and have criticised Senator Nick Xenophon for signalling his support for it.
 
Greens spokesperson for housing Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “Senator Xenophon has been pushing the ‘super for housing’ idea since 2014. It wasn’t a good one then and it isn’t a good one now.
 
“The Liberals dredge this up every now and then, and disappointingly Senator Xenophon has jumped on board.
 
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Super for housing is an atrocious idea

Lee Rhiannon 16 Mar 2017
The Greens have responded to reports that the Turnbull government is considering allowing first home buyers to access their superannuation to buy a home, calling the idea ‘idiotic’.  
 
“Allowing first home buyers to dip into their super in order to buy a home is an atrocious idea and will likely make things worse for those hoping to purchase a home and in the long term for people when they retire,” Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said. 
 
“This would add more fuel to the fire, not help to fix the housing crisis. 
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A weak Affordable Housing Finance Corporation won’t do the trick

Lee Rhiannon 10 Mar 2017
The Australian Greens have commented on the Coalition government’s consideration of an Affordable Housing Finance Corporation, which appears to be similar to the policy the Greens took to the last two elections. 
 
Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, “This sounds like a weak version of the Greens’ $2 billion proposal for an Affordable Housing Finance Corporation.
 
“With 657,000 low income households in rental stress according to the ABS, we need thousands of affordable properties, not hundreds.
 
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Housing boom driving Australian inequality

The Australian Greens have commented on an OECD report warning of a ‘rout’ in Australian house prices.
 
Greens Treasury spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, said that the OECD report confirms that “the big-four banks are creaming it.”
 
“CBA, NAB, ANZ and Westpac are all profiting off a housing boom that threatens to undermine the entire economy. And they’re doing it all with the benefit of government guarantees that they don’t have to pay for. This is a scandal.
 
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Motion: Housing affordability

Lee Rhiannon 15 Feb 2017

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (12:32): I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the proportion of Australians leasing in the private rental housing market is the highest in over 50 years,

   (ii) long-run structural changes in Australia's housing system are leading to increasing numbers of households choosing to rent on a long-term and, in some cases, a permanent basis,

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PM’s axe falls on housing affordability – another Turnbull failure

Lee Rhiannon 11 Feb 2017

One of the biggest failures of the Turnbull government is shaping up to be their inability to ensure all Australians have access to secure affordable housing, Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said in response to reports that the National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) will be scrapped in the May Budget.

“Winding up the $9 billion National Affordable Housing Agreement will push more people into homelessness and lock people out of secure housing,” Senator Rhiannon said.

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Everyone has right to a home – time to scrap generous tax breaks

Lee Rhiannon 25 Jan 2017
Every single major housing market in Australia is ‘severely unaffordable’ according to the latest Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Sydney is second on the list of the most severely unaffordable housing markets in the world.
 
Greens housing spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens NSW housing spokesperson Jenny Leong say it is absurd that both federal and state governments insist that they can tackle housing affordability without making any changes to unfair tax structures like negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts.
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