IF WE ARE TO TACKLE HOMELESSNESS,POVERTY AND INEQUALITY,THEN HOUSING AFFORDABILITY POLICY MUST PLAY A CENTRAL ROLE
As a nation, we are now the most unequal we have been since the Great Depression. We are becoming more divided by wealth and class.
APPRENTICE NUMBERS HAVE FALLEN BY 148,000 UNDER THE LIBERALS AND THE GOVERNMENT HAS NO IDEA HOW TO HALT THE DECLINE
Latest yearly figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) show once again that apprentice numbers have fallen on the Turnbull Government’s watch.
Today’s Household, Income and Labour Dynamics (HILDA) figures show that the Turnbull government continues to put wealthy investors buying their fourth or fifth property ahead of young people trying to buy their first home.
The Treasurer and his Assistant remain in denial on affordable housing, defending the indefensible and continuing to make outrageous and unsubstantiated claims.
Two reports from the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) have delivered a scathing assessment of the Turnbull government’s failure to address housing affordability policy.
Today’s 2016 Census figures tell a familiar story of declining home ownership, fewer people owning their home outright, more people renting and higher rents.
Labor acknowledges the Productivity Commission’s finding that Australia’s social housing system is broken.
The Turnbull Government’s National Housing Infrastructure Facility (NHIF), has all the hallmarks of a Coalition slush fund.
In trying to defend the Turnbull Government’s inadequate housing plan, the Assistant Treasurer is back to running the same excuses he did before the Budget. Mr Sukkar wrote today, “state, territory and local governments pull most of the levers that affect housing affordability” and that “there is simply not enough supply to keep up with demand”.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash must act on the repeated warnings that apprentices are being ripped off. Minister Cash must fix the problem of apprentice exploitation and abandon plans for the Prepare Trial Hire (PaTH) program.
Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot report released today makes for sobering reading.
Labor's roundtable meeting on housing and homelessness held in Sydney has emphasised the need for reform on a range of fronts to address the housing affordability and homelessness crisis.
The great Australian dream is turning into the great Australian nightmare on Malcolm Turnbull's watch.
A report launched today by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute has found that for every dollar spent on helping people avoid homelessness, $2.70 in benefits will flow to the community over 20 years.
Eighteen months ago, Malcolm Turnbull took the Liberal leadership promising a more mature discussion on economic issues. We’re still waiting. After all this time, it is still not even clear who is responsible for housing affordability.
Suggestions that the Turnbull Government is making progress tackling Australia’s housing affordability crisis are grossly exaggerated.
It is now widely accepted that Australia is in the grip of a housing affordability crisis. Home ownership is falling at the same time as rental stress and homelessness is rising.
The Victorian Government’s announcement of a $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund is a most welcome contribution to the urgent need for more social housing and assistance to low income households.
A report released today by Choice, the National Association of Tenant Organisations and National Shelter shows that Australia is performing poorly when it comes to renters rights
Today, in an embarrassing display, the Leader of the Government in Senate, Senator George Brandis joined Scott Morrison and Kelly O’Dwyer in the claim that Labor’s housing affordability policy increases house prices.
The Turnbull Government’s reprehensible deal with the cross-bench to amend the Australian Building and Construction Commission, which was established less than 3 months ago, will not only create chaos in the building industry but will result in significant reductions to apprentice numbers.
Data released by the NSW Tenants Union showing that rents in Sydney are racing out of reach of people on low incomes highlights the total failure of the Turnbull Government on housing affordability.
Labor will boost apprentice numbers across the country by ensuring Commonwealth funded projects prioritise Australian jobs.
The Auditor-General's announcement of an investigation into the grant of $2 million to former Senator Bob Day's North East Vocational College and its ‘student builder’ program is a welcome step in getting to the bottom of why and how the decision was made.
Today marks six years since the introduction of Labor’s Paid Parental Leave scheme.
Labor has protected families, pensioners and young people from a series of New Year’s Day cuts that the Turnbull Government wanted to start from today.
Malcolm Turnbull’s changes to the pension assets test start from today – a change that will leave around 330,000 Australian pensioners worse off.
Malcolm Turnbull’s latest attack on Medicare will see Australians reaching the New Year with delays in rebates for their medical expenses, as the Govenrment’s own Medicare help line hangs up on people chasing up their claims.
More Australians are coming forward with accounts of being sent incorrect Centrelink debt notices as confidence in the Turnbull Government's latest so called 'welfare crackdown' continues to erode.
The Turnbull Government is finishing the year as it started, hopelessly divided on key policies like negative gearing
Federal Labor is concerned about the accuracy of Centrelink’s debt recovery program which appears to be hitting decent, law-abiding Australians right on the eve of Christmas.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is trying to pass off terrible apprentice numbers as a win, while still boasting about the government’s $2 million gift to former Senator Bob Day’s pet ‘student builder’ project.
The Turnbull Government today also announced their eighth ‘compliance savings’ measure since the 2014 Budget.
Once again the Turnbull Government has failed the most vulnerable Australians by refusing to fund the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH).
Data on demand for specialist homelessness services released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) for 2015-2016 provide further evidence of the failure of the Turnbull government’s policies on funding for homelessness services.
PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION’S NARROW FOCUS WON’T SOLVE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS
Labor notes the contribution of the Productivity Commission to the debate on social housing provision in its report, Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform, Study Report.
Labor welcomes the report of the Council on Federal Financial Relations (CFFR) Affordable Housing Working Group which has examined financing models to increase the supply of affordable rental housing.
VINNIES CEO JOHN FALZON IS RIGHT – TURNBULL GOVERNMENT IS WILFULLY EXACERBATING HOMELESSNESS AND HOUSING PROBLEMS
Labor welcomes the contribution made today by St Vincent De Paul CEO John Falzon to the debate on housing and homelessness.
NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes is correct. Malcom Turnbull and Scott Morrison are 'dashing the dreams' of people trying to buy their first homes.
Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, held in Darwin last night.
The Turnbull Government must ensure that the $50 billion submarine contract comes with a skills and apprenticeships plan that benefits local workers and new apprentices.
The IMF in its annual review of the Australian economy [IMF Concluding Statement of the 2016 Article Mission] has raised concerns about the risks from the housing market for macroeconomic stability and the need for urgent policy reform.
FEDERAL LABOR WELCOMES VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT’S $109M HOMELESSNESS INVESTMENT – NOW TIME FOR NATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Federal Labor welcomes the announcement made by Premier Daniel Andrews that the Victorian Government will invest $109 million into homelessness support services and affordable housing.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training Karen Andrews likes to promote apprenticeships as an alternative to degrees. She has even made a video with TV host Scott Cam, to encourage young people to take up apprenticeships. Scott Cam’s assessment of the value of apprenticeships is spot on.
The Turnbull Government is determined to undermine the Australian apprentice system by promoting classroom-based trades training at the expense of real apprenticeships.
MINISTER RYAN’S QT FAILURE SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTEREST OR ANSWERS ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS
In a spectacular Question Time failure, Special Minister of State Senator Scott Ryan stumbled and bumbled his way through questions on what the Turnbull Government is doing about housing affordability and homelessness.
Labor welcomes the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) performance audit report into the administration of the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS).
The success of the annual meeting of Federal and State Housing and Homelessness Ministers in Sydney tomorrow is a test of the will of Federal and State governments to tackle the housing affordability crisis and the alarming increase in the number of homeless people.
Speaking at the Hutt St Centre in central Adelaide, Senator Doug Cameron and SA Social Housing Minister Zoe Bettison called on the Turnbull Government to end the uncertainty surrounding homelessness funding.
Documents released under Freedom of Information show that Senator Bob Day personally lobbied the Turnbull Government for a $2 million grant on behalf of a training company of which he is a director.
Without action on homelessness, the Turnbull Government’s family violence package is woefully inadequate.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews claims that under the Turnbull Government the future of apprenticeships ‘remains bright’ and that a $9.2m trial of new apprenticeship models will lead to ‘more jobs’.
The Turnbull Government's recognition of the desirability of boosting housing development around transport hubs is meaningless in the absence of increased investment in public transport.
Liberal MP John Alexander has destroyed Scott Morrison's out-of-touch claim that the Turnbull Government's tax breaks for property investors are having no effect on housing affordability.
The Turnbull Government has shown yet again just how out of touch they really are, having woken up this morning and suddenly realised that housing affordability is an issue for millions of Australians.
Scott Morrison’s ‘landmark speech’ on housing affordability was an underwhelming contribution to the public debate. No mention was made of homelessness, and the scantest of afterthoughts was given to community and social housing.
A Senate Estimates hearing this evening confirmed that the Turnbull Government is still dragging its feet on providing certainty for funding under the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). NPAH provides up to 30% of the budget of homelessness service providers across the nation.
An alarming decline in affordable housing in Melbourne is causing homelessness and housing stress while the Turnbull Government refuses to address the problem either through tax reform or providing funding certainty to homelessness services.
The Turnbull Government should release its internal report into the death of a Work for the Dole participant in April this year.
Labor welcomes the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) report released today proposing a new model for funding social housing. IPA’s engagement on this critical issue is timely given the growing housing affordability crisis.
The Poverty in Australia 2016 Report by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW which found that 730,000 children and nearly 3 million Australians live in poverty, highlights the neglect and failure of the Turnbull Government.
On 5 October 2016 Labor convened a roundtable which included represented stakeholders from from the housing and homeless sector, unions and other interested parties. The issue of housing and homelessness is a huge economic and social issue. We have 105,000 Australians, and that’s a conservative estimate, either homeless or living in stressed housing conditions. Senator Cameron held a press conference prior to the Roundtable.
A survey by Tenants Union of Victoria and the Council to Homeless Persons released today highlights the housing stress that the Turnbull Government’s neglect is causing.
South Australian youth homelessness data reveals that more than 3,200 children under the age of nine sought emergency help for homelessness last year, while around 5,500 children under the age of 18 were provided shelter by a homeless agency in the same period.
Federal Member for Lindsay, Emma Husar, met with Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Senator Doug Cameron, yesterday to discuss the homelessness crisis in Western Sydney.
Data released yesterday by Swinburne University shows that many retired renters are in housing stress and the Turnbull Government’s inaction on overly generous capital gains tax and negative gearing concessions is making matters worse.
The closure of the Ford production line is a dark day for Australian industry, and particularly for skills and apprenticeships.
Tomorrow (October 1) is International Day of Older Persons, which in 2016 is our chance to take a stand against systemic ageism.
Malcolm Turnbull’s latest attack on Medicare will see processing times blow out and people turned away from making Medicare claims at Centrelink offices.
Recent studies show that the Turnbull government’s lack of commitment to tackling homelessness is going to cost federal and state health budgets tens of millions every year.
The Abbott/Turnbull Government’s Productivity Commission report into its own Harper Review of Human Services reveals the Government’s intentions in housing – defund and privatise in the name of ‘choice’.
The latest apprentice and trainee data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) demonstrates that the dysfunction and incompetence of the Turnbull Government extends to the Skills and Apprenticeship area.
National Skills Week, a non-government led initiative to promote skills, commences Monday 29th August.
The new Industry, Innovation and Science Minister, Greg Hunt is reported (Australian, August 15), to be setting out to ‘demystify innovation’ and ‘make it a mainstream concept’.
EDUCATION MINISTER’S DANGEROUS APPRENTICESHIPS TRIAL CANNOT FIX VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING PROBLEMS
In his speech to the ADC Education Summit on Friday the Education Minister made passing comment on apprenticeships and the need for quality in the VET system and the opportunities available for apprentices.
On any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.
Labor notes with deep concern the announcement by the latest Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, The Hon Karen Andrews, that $9.2 million of government funding will be spent to experiment with "new systems" of training and apprenticeships.
Homelessness Week is drawing to a close. It is a week during which everyone is encouraged to pause and reflect on the fact that on any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.
The Turnbull government’s complete ignorance of the problems facing the Australian workforce has been put on public display by the Treasurer today.
This week is Homelessness Week. It is a week during which every one of us should pause and reflect on the fact that on any given night, one in two hundred Australians have no home they can call their own.
I am honoured to have been appointed as the Shadow Minister for Skills and Apprenticeships and Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness and I am grateful to the Leader of the Opposition for the opportunity to serve Labor in portfolios that are central to a fair and decent society.