MEDIA RELEASE: Greens plan will help ensure housing works for everyone

Media releases | Feb 21, 2019

National housing campaign, Everybody’s Home, today congratulated the Greens for releasing a housing plan that would provide relief for millions of Australian renters struggling with housing costs and significantly decrease Australia’s spiralling rates of homelessness.

The plan announced today commits to 500,000 public and community homes, national renting standards that include an end to no ground evictions, changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax breaks to level the playing field for home buyers, and significant new funding to address homelessness.

Everybody’s home campaign spokesperson, Kate Colvin said the Greens policy recognises the needs of first home-buyers, renters and people living with homelessness.

“It’s time to change the debate around national housing policy from a focus on real estate investment to the need to address the entire housing system so that every Australian has a safe, secure roof over their head,” Ms Colvin said.

“Despite the fact that more than 811,000 low income households are struggling with rental stress, investment in social and affordable housing is at an almost record low.

“Renting laws are inconsistent across Australia, despite the fact that more Australians are renting than ever before.  And despite living in one of the wealthiest countries in the world, 116,000 Australians are homeless every night, which is an absolute disgrace.

“It’s no surprise that housing and cost of living continue to be a top concern for millions Australian voters.”

Ms Colvin said everyday Australians are demanding politicians step up to fix the housing system.

So far more than 200 organisations and 20,000 Australians have joined the Everybody’s Home alliance, calling on political parties to release policy commitments ahead of the election.

“We have now had major policy commitments on housing from The Greens and Labor and expect to see the Coalition also announce how they will respond to the biggest cost of living issue for Australian families,” Ms Colvin said.

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