MINISTER RYAN’S QT FAILURE SHOWS TURNBULL GOVERNMENT HAS NO INTEREST OR ANSWERS ON HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS

8 Nov 2016

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.


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.

Asked some basic questions on housing affordability and homelessness, Senator Ryan demonstrated the Turnbull government’s lack of interest in this important area of government policy.

Senator Ryan attempted to deny that the Turnbull Government has responsibility for the housing affordability crisis and attempted to blame state and local governments for the housing crisis.

Senator Ryan also stated that "I do not see housing listed as a direct Commonwealth responsibility". He went on to say, "just because there is an issue it does not make it a Commonwealth responsibility or give the Commonwealth power to direct and solely address it".

These are stupid responses from a government minister and quite frankly, they beggar belief. Given that the Commonwealth contributes over $6 billion to housing and homelessness issues each year, it is inconceivable that the Minister should dismiss the influence the Commonwealth has on housing policy.

The Turnbull Government’s over-generous tax concessions on negative gearing and capital gains tax contribute to the housing affordability crisis and homelessness. It is about time that the Turnbull government became serious about developing policies which ease the burden on those who cannot afford their first home and those who, due to no fault of their own, find themselves homeless.

The Turnbull Government is increasingly consumed by internal chaos to such an extent that a senior frontbench minister cannot provide even a basic response to a simple question on housing and homelessness and attempts to deny responsibility and blame others for the growing housing crisis.

The Turnbull government is not up to the job of dealing with the key issue concerning millions of Australians that is, housing affordability and the threat of homelessness.

MONDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2016