HOMELESSNESS FUNDING ‘BOOST’ A FURPHY

26 Oct 2018

Today’s reported ‘boost’ in homelessness funding in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper does not increase that State’s share of funds from national partnership agreements despite rapidly rising levels of homelessness.

SENATOR THE HON DOUG CAMERON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS
SHADOW MINISTER FOR SKILLS, TAFE AND APPRENTICESHIPS
SENATOR FOR NEW SOUTH WALES
 
HOMELESSNESS FUNDING ‘BOOST’ A FURPHY
 

Today’s reported ‘boost’ in homelessness funding in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper does not increase that State’s share of funds from national partnership agreements despite rapidly rising levels of homelessness.
 
Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness, Senator Doug Cameron, said contrary to the report, it’s the Andrews Labor Government doing the hard yards to break the cycle of homelessness through intervention and strengthening support services.

 
“The Andrews Labor Government has invested $1 billion of its own money in additional homeless and housing supports,” Senator Cameron said.
“Victoria made it very clear that it only signed up to this sub-par agreement because they did not want to risk the closure of vital services for the State’s most vulnerable.

“Daniel Andrews is the only person who has ‘boosted’ homelessness funding, not the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government.”
Senator Cameron said the Liberals record on homelessness is abysmal.
 
“The Coalition cut $44 million a year in capital funding, they de-funded homelessness advocacy services and cut remote Indigenous housing funding,” he said.
 
“It was the Coalition that abolished the National Housing Supply Council and the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness, and they have failed to even appoint a dedicated housing and homelessness minister.
 
“There are now nearly 200,000 people on public housing waiting lists across the country and Josh Frydenberg wants to talk about boosting homelessness funding? Give me a break.”

In stark contrast to the Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, Labor is committed to ensuring people experiencing homelessness have access to the support services they need to get back on their feet.

Labor has announced a series of housing and homelessness policies that will address rising homelessness.

These include $88 million over two years for a new Safe Housing Fund to increase transitional housing options for women and children escaping domestic and family violence, young people exiting out-of-home care and older women on low incomes who are at risk of homelessness.

A Shorten Labor Government will develop and implement a national plan to reduce homelessness through the Council of Australian Governments.

Labor will also reform negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions so young people don’t continue to be locked out of the housing market by investors buying their second, third or fourth properties.

Labor will limit negative gearing to new housing from the start of the new policy after the next election. All investments made before this time will not be affected by this change and will be fully grandfathered.
 
Under Labor, the capital gains discount will be halved for all assets purchased. This will reduce the capital gains tax discount for assets that are held longer than 12 months from the current 50 per cent to 25 per cent.
 
FRIDAY, 26 OCTOBER 2018
Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.