LABOR WELCOMES CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIAL HOUSING DEBATE

18 Oct 2016

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.

LABOR WELCOMES CONTRIBUTION TO SOCIAL HOUSING DEBATE

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 report raises issues that will require critical analysis and detailed consideration. While the report states that it proposes a ‘relatively simple conceptual model’, it also acknowledges that it raises a number of complex issues.

The report makes reference to its model potentially allowing governments to make ‘better choices’ in regard to providing housing close to jobs, cities and services. This is a fundamental concern for Labor.

Building resilient, diverse communities with a mix of people on various income levels and including different household and family types is Labor’s priority.

In contrast the Turnbull Government has neglected the economic and social issue of providing people with decent housing.

The IPA report, coupled with growing evidence of increased homelessness, and the Poverty in Australia 2016 Report by the Australian Council of Social Service, may finally spur the Turnbull Government into action on housing affordability. Their track record, however, is abysmal.

Labor will continue to engage with stakeholders and advocates in order to ensure that all Australians have access to housing. The IPA report is an important contribution to the public debate on how best to make that happen.

TUESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2016