Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today welcomed the appointment of the Honourable Robert McClelland MP as the new Minister for Housing and Homelessness in the Gillard Government and said it was a win for those Australians in housing stress.
AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey said housing was the biggest cost of living issue in Australia and the appointment of a Housing Minister was a positive step towards reducing the housing stress felt by thousands of Australian families.
“The inclusion of a single Housing Minister in the Federal Cabinet, responsible for all Commonwealth housing policies and programs, is something we have been advocating for and we’re hopeful that this demonstrates that the Gillard Government is making housing affordability in Australia one of its top priorities.
“We would like to congratulate Minister McClelland on his new appointment and applaud the Government for prioritising housing affordability and putting it back on to the national agenda.
“The organisations that make up AAH look forward to working with Minister McClelland and discussing ways in which the Federal Government can reduce housing stress and make the housing market more affordable for all Australians,” Ms Toohey said.
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au
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