Australians for Affordable Housing (AAH) today welcomed the appointment of Brendan O’Connor as the Minister for Housing and Homelessness and applauded the move to retain the role of Housing Minister as a cabinet position.
AAH Campaign Manager Sarah Toohey welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to retain the Housing portfolio in cabinet saying that “this is recognition that housing is central to the wellbeing of every single Australian household, and should be a concern for the highest levels of government”.
“Housing is the biggest cost of living issue in Australia and with one in ten households in housing stress it is clear that our current housing system is failing too many people.
“We need a national housing plan, to deliver affordable housing, right across the system, from public and community housing to home ownership. Retaining a single housing minister in cabinet is an excellent first step towards making sure the housing system works for everyone.
“People in Minister O’Connor’s own electorate of Gorton, know too well the problem of housing affordability. Figures released by AAH late in 2011 show that the Local Government areas of Melton, Hume and Brimbank (which are either in or surround the seat of Gorton) are all in the top 5 areas of housing stress in Victoria [i].
“We wish to thank Robert McClelland for the genuine interest he showed as Minister for Housing and Homelessness, and wish him all the best for the future.
“AAH is calling on the Federal Government to start addressing the housing crisis in the upcoming budget by creating over 100,000 new affordable homes and increasing rent assistance to immediately relieve housing stress for up to 100,000 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
Spokesperson: Sarah Toohey, 0402 677 566/ Media enquiries: Stephanie De Campo, 0432 828 004
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