#australia Greens welcome community initiative to tackle #housing crisis

Greens welcome community initiative to tackle housing crisis

Media Release: Senator Scott Ludlam – Monday, September 19th, 2011

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The Australian Greens have welcomed the launch of the ‘Australians for Affordable Housing’ (AAH) campaign in Canberra this morning.

“This campaign couldn’t come at a better time. A whole generation of people have been priced out of affordable housing, and Governments at all levels seem incapable of do anything about it,” said the Greens housing spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam.

“As Australians for Affordable Housing pointed out today, the cost of housing overall – rentals included – has increased 55 per cent over the past five years. In that period rents have risen at twice the rate of inflation.”

“The cost of buying your own home is now insurmountable for many Australians. House prices have almost tripled in a decade while incomes have only risen modestly.”

“The analysis released by AAH today also shows that there are fewer public and community housing properties in Australia now than in 2003. That is really a shocking fact, particularly given that private housing is far less affordable now than it was then.”

“We have consistently warned that the First Home Owners Grant, on which $13 billion has been spent, is pushing up housing prices and is not a solution to the housing affordability crisis. AAH rightly made that same observation today. Successive federal governments have failed aspiring home owners by not once studying the inflationary impact of the grant on affordability. We need sound policies, not cheap political gimmicks,” said Senator Ludlam.

“We also call – again – for the reinstatement of a dedicated Housing Minister. Why on earth is the Environment Minister responsible for Housing affordability?”

Media Contact: Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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