2018 ANGLICARE RENTAL AFFORDABILITY REPORT DAMNS TURNBULL'S INACTION ON HOUSING

30 Apr 2018

Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot report released today is a damning indictment of the failure of Malcolm Turnbull to address the housing affordability crisis.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES

 

2018 ANGLICARE RENTAL AFFORDABILITY REPORT DAMNS TURNBULL'S INACTION ON HOUSING

Anglicare’s Rental Affordability Snapshot report released today is a damning indictment of the failure of Malcolm Turnbull to address the housing affordability crisis.

Last year Turnbull and Scott Morrison promised to make housing affordability the ‘centerpiece’ of the Budget. Instead they delivered a grab bag of contradictory measures that have done nothing to alleviate the growing problems in housing.

Almost twelve months later the Turnbull government has been incapable of delivering on its modest housing policy agenda with no outcome reached between the Commonwealth and the states for a new national housing agreement.

With less than two weeks to go before Morrison delivers this year’s Budget, Anglicare’s report should serve as a wake-up call to a self-obsessed government that has its priorities wrong.

 

Anglicare’s report shows:

·         No rentals were affordable for a single person on Newstart or Youth Allowance in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin or Perth.

·         For a working couple on the minimum wage with two children, nearly 75 percent of private rental dwellings suitable to the family’s needs are unaffordable.

·         Less than one percent of rental dwellings appropriate for a single adult receiving the Disability Support Pension are affordable.

·         Less than three percent of appropriate private rental dwellings are affordable for a single person on the minimum wage.

 

Turnbull and Morrison should put the essential needs of Australians above their proposed $65 billion tax cut gift to multinational corporations and banks. If Malcolm Turnbull had a shred of decency, credibility or authority he would prioritise housing lower income Australians over a tax giveaway for the big end of town.

Turnbull should act on Anglicare Australia’s call for a fair tax system by limiting negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions, investing in social and affordable rental housing and working with the states to reform tenancy laws.

 

MONDAY, 30 APRIL 2018

Authorised Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra