Affordable housing advocates have welcomed the start of the Federal election campaign and the new onus on the major parties to respond to the housing crisis, which recently polled as the number one issue amongst voters.
‘The major parties can no longer hide from the housing crisis, which a recent Auspoll found to be the number one issue amongst voters’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing.
‘The start of the election campaign has coincided with Homeless Persons Week, a reminder of what happens for many families when there is a shortage of affordable housing properties.’
‘This is becoming an issue for people across the country and for many workers too. We’re hearing from a lot of people that high rents and an inability to get into the housing market are their major concerns.’
‘The first Rudd government demonstrated initiative and innovation around affordable housing, unfortunately that seems to have lapsed. There is currently no funding tied to the construction of new social housing, encouragement for new private construction is limited and a lack of commitment to the National Rental Affordability Scheme beyond the fifth and final round is evident from both major parties.’
‘There’s been little news from the Coalition, with Tony Abbott recently trying to pass on responsibility for housing to other levels of Government.’
‘Housing is a national issue and the Commonwealth government spends vast sums of money on housing, for example $5 billion each year on negative gearing.’
‘Australians for Affordable Housing is calling on the major parties to commit to funding for new affordable housing, to review the impacts of negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount, and to better co-ordinate across housing and infrastructure planning.’
Australians for Affordable Housing is a coalition of national housing, welfare and community sector organisations working together to highlight the problem of housing affordability in Australia. For more information visit www.housingstressed.org.au
For enquiries, case studies and interviews contact Joel Pringle, 0427 563 989
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