WA Greens urge Ministers to take bold action on housing affordability

WA Greens urge Ministers to take bold action on housing affordability

Greens WA State housing spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC, national housing spokesperson Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam. Thursday August 30th, 2012.

The Greens WA applaud the release of the Australians for Affordable Housing four-point plan on the eve of the Housing Ministers meeting in Perth tomorrow.

Greens state housing spokesperson Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC said: “The four-point plan is not a Band-Aid solution – it is a comprehensive approach to a complex problem.”

“Listen up, Mr Redman – the voices of Australia’s leading thinkers on housing affordability, backed by almost 70 NGOs and peak bodies, are putting forward the kind of innovative solutions we need to see. What action will you take?”

“While Western Australia now has an affordable housing strategy on paper, we need to see action. Mr Barnett’s Liberal colleagues in New South Wales, Queensland, and Victoria have not even taken the first basic step of drafting a plan. Tomorrow’s meeting must produce a real strategy for solving this problem nation-wide,” said Ms MacLaren.

The Greens national housing spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, said: “State and Federal ministers could draw much from this plan. It sets realistic targets to tackle Australia’s housing crisis. The missing ingredient is political will.”

“Australians for Affordable Housing’s target of 30,000 additional new affordable units each year is achievable. Over five years, this would make a real difference in affordability; it will reduce homelessness and bring stability to the lives of many people who struggle to pay the rent one fortnight to the next.”

“The Greens have long advocated a coordinated State and Federal approach to affordable housing. We’ve called for the expansion and continuation of the National Rental Affordability Scheme, and the introduction of a ‘Convert To Rent’ programme to put the thousands of unused properties around the country to use as low-cost housing,” said Senator Ludlam.

Media contacts:

Giovanni Torre – 0417 174 302

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