LABOR'S ROUNDTABLE ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY - BROAD AGREEMENT ON NEED FOR REFORM

12 Apr 2017

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.

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.

Representatives of community housing providers, homelessness service providers, the ACTU and welfare agencies provided their perspectives on housing policy.

Across the board, there is a sense of urgency on the need for taking action on housing and homelessness policy.

Tax reform, increasing the supply of affordable and social housing, improved rights for private rental tenants, inclusionary zoning for affordable and social housing, adequacy of income support measures, a focus on groups who are increasingly vulnerable to homelessness and housing for people with disabilities were all raised as issues requiring urgent attention from all levels of government

Above all, there is overwhelming agreement that the Commonwealth government must provide national leadership to address the housing affordability crisis.

The biggest roadblock to action on housing affordability remains the dysfunctional, divided and distracted Turnbull government.

While the Turnbull Government remains divided over crazy proposals like allowing early access to superannuation for housing deposits, participants at today’s roundtable are increasingly frustrated at the lack of real action.

Unlike the Turnbull government, Labor is listening to the housing sector.