COALITION FAILING WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK OF HOMELESSNESS

15 Feb 2019

Revelations today that millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on “filthy and unsafe” motels to house women and children fleeing family violence is further proof of the Government’s abject failure on housing.

 

Revelations today that millions of taxpayer dollars are being spent on “filthy and unsafe” motels to house women and children fleeing family violence is further proof of the Government’s abject failure on housing.

Upon its election, the Coalition cut $44 million a year from crisis accommodation for women and children fleeing family violence, further exacerbating the affordable housing crisis.

If elected, Labor will invest $88 million through a new Safe Housing Fund to increase crisis and transitional housing options.

Instead of investing in short and medium term crisis accommodation, the Liberals would rather see cheap motel owners and private landlords receive a windfall.

The Australian housing market is failing under the Liberals hands-off approach with increasing numbers of people, particularly women and children, not having access to safe and affordable housing.

If elected, Labor’s will build 250,000 new affordable homes to address the estimated 520,000 shortfall of affordable rental properties across Australia.

This will build the capacity of the community housing sector, boost employment and address the profound shortage of affordable housing in Australia.

A new Productivity Commission Report on Government Services into Housing and Homelessness shows the number of low-income households in rental stress has now reached a staggering 599,049.

The Liberals have no plan to invest in the supply of affordable and social housing.

Since being elected in 2013, the Coalition has slashed initiatives that were working to address Australia’s critical shortage of affordable housing.

This includes scrapping the original NRAS, despite it attracting private investment of $13 billion and delivering 37,000 affordable rental dwellings.

The Liberals only housing policy is to maintain the world’s most generous tax concessions for wealthy investors and property speculators at the expense of renters, first‐home buyers and people at risk of homelessness.

Labor believes the Liberals’ affordable housing crisis demands national leadership.

A new Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute’s (AHURI) report into social housing in Australia affirms Labor’s long-standing position that additional investment is critical to expanding social and affordable housing stock.

The AHURI report is further evidence that the Liberals’ inaction is worsening the housing crisis and exacerbating social inequality.

This is why Labor has committed to the largest federal investment in housing since WWII.

Labor’s revised NRAS will drive residential construction and establish a secure long-term pipeline of investment on the scale required to address the massive shortfall.