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Labor recognises housing crisis

Date published: Monday 17 December 2018

Category(ies): Media release

Australia’s housing crisis is finally back on the political agenda with the ALP’s recent commitment to providing 250,000 new affordable rental homes should it win the next Federal election.

Baptist Care Australia’s Executive Director, Marcia Balzer, says this is an important first step to reforming our ailing housing sector.

“As part of the Everybody’s Home alliance, Baptist Care Australia agrees our housing system is broken and has been calling on governments of all levels to take this problem seriously.

 “We congratulate the ALP for recognising the crisis and taking a major first step towards the comprehensive strategy we need to make sure every Australian has a place to call home.

“Labor has also committed to tax reform that will curb property speculation and improve affordability for first home buyers.

“People with the lowest incomes are in the greatest housing stress and at risk of homelessness.

“We urge all parties and governments to commit to working together to deliver new social housing and a national plan to address homelessness.

“It’s only then that every Australian will have the opportunity for safe, secure and affordable place to call home,” Ms Balzer said.

The Everybody’s Home campaign is advocating for five simple things the Government can do to fix Australia’s housing system so that it works for everyone.

  1. Support for first home buyers - Reset our tax system to make it fairer for ordinary Australians wanting to buy a home.
  2. A national housing strategy - More low-cost properties mean more choices, making it cheaper and easier to find a home. 500,000 new social and affordable rental homes are needed to meet the demand for affordable housing.
  3. A better deal for renters - Get rid of “no grounds” evictions and unfair rent rises so that millions of Australian renters have the security they need to create homes, build lives and raise families.
  4. Immediate relief for Australians in chronic rental stress - Increase Commonwealth Rent Assistance for the thousands of Australians who are struggling to pay the rent.
  5. A plan to end homelessness by 2030 - With real effort we can halve homelessness in five years - and end it in 10.