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Sep 2, 2013
joelpringle

WSHC receives reponses to housing questions

In August this year the Western Sydney Housing Coalition wrote to candidates in Western Sydney seats for the 2013 Federal election to ask their positions on housing affordability. They have asked me to post the responses here. Each can be downloaded below.

Please note: This was not an activity of Australians for Affordable Housing and posting is not necessarily an endorsement of the content, but we are cross posting here in support of a group that we think are doing great work for the people of Western Sydney. Continue reading »

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Aug 29, 2013
joelpringle

New ABS figures highlight looming mortgage risks

Today’s ABS release Housing Occupancy and Costs 2011-12 have shown the unreliability of housing affordability measures that rely on interest rates, according to affordable housing advocates.

‘Today’s figures from the ABS show the precarious situation for mortgage holders on Australia. Despite interest rates being at historical lows, affordability is no better than it was in 1996. In July 1996 interest rates as set by the RBA were 7.5%, in July 2013 they were 2.75%. And yet the ABS figures tell us that Australian’s are paying no less now than they were then.’ Continue reading »

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Aug 20, 2013
joelpringle

Rudd Government turns back on affordable housing program

The Labor party’s commitment to affordable housing is being called into question as the Government has failed to confirm any ongoing future for the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

Successful applicants for the ‘shovel ready’ round are being announced this week by the Minister for Housing. However neither Labor nor the Coalition has committed to a future for the program beyond the fifth and final round, applications for which closed in recent weeks. Continue reading »

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Aug 19, 2013
joelpringle

‘The problem with property’

This video was made to promote the ‘Problems with Property’ forum, to be held 26 August in Melbourne. Appearing are my fellow panellists for the forum, Karl Fitzgerald (Prosper) and Marcus Westbury (Renew Australia).

Check out the video and, if you’re in town, come by for the forum!

http://www.renewaustralia.org/2013/08/special-event-the-problems-with-property-forum-august-26th-loop-bar-melbourne/

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Aug 15, 2013
joelpringle

Australians for Affordable Housing releases housing priorities for election

Housing costs are rising and the under-investment in affordable housing is impacting on families with young children, according to the election statement released by Australians for Affordable Housing today. The document coincided with the release of electorates ranked by housing stress.

‘The polls are saying that housing is a priority issue for voters, if not the number one issue. That’s no surprise given the recent research that a fulltime wage is often not enough to afford housing.  But the major parties have so far avoided offering solutions to the housing crisis.’ Continue reading »

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Aug 5, 2013
joelpringle

Affordable housing advocates focussed on Federal election campaign

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. Continue reading »

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Jun 21, 2013
joelpringle

Advocates welcome election focus on housing

Australians for Affordable Housing have welcomed the release of the Greens homelessness policies ahead of the Federal election, and have challenged the major parties to do likewise.

‘Whilst the election campaign may not have formally started, a date has been announced and voters are waiting to hear what the different parties have to offer. Labor and the Coalition cannot keep ducking when asked what they will do to solve the housing crisis.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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Jun 13, 2013
joelpringle

Defaulting on the Australian Dream

In March this year Australians for Affordable Housing released the report ‘Defaulting on the Australian Dream’ to highlight the impacts of the housing affordability crisis on many full-time workers.

Here’s footage of Joel Pringle, our Campaign Manager discussing the report on ABC NEWS 24.

The full report can be downloaded here.

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Jun 12, 2013
joelpringle

Labor’s broken promise on NRAS incentives

Labor’s commitment to affordable housing as a bedrock of Australia’s ‘fair go’ mentality is being called into question this week as the government failed to confirm any extension to the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).

Responses by FaHCSIA executives during this week’s budget estimates hearings have confirmed that the Government’s unwillingness to make a decision is delaying planning for further NRAS incentives. Continue reading »

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May 15, 2013
joelpringle

Housing crisis to deepen following Federal budget

Australia’s housing and rental crisis is likely to worsen in coming years and the Government has missed the opportunity to use the Federal budget to provide relief, say housing campaigners.

‘All signs indicate that people’s ability to afford a home will deteriorate further in coming years, so it is a disappointment that the Government has failed to include budget measures to ameliorate the crisis.’ said Joel Pringle, Campaign Manager for Australians for Affordable Housing. Continue reading »

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