PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION’S NARROW FOCUS WON’T SOLVE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

5 Dec 2016

Labor notes the contribution of the Productivity Commission to the debate on social housing provision in its report, Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform, Study Report.

PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION’S NARROW FOCUS WON’T SOLVE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT’S HOUSING AFFORDABILITY CRISIS

 

Labor notes the contribution of the Productivity Commission to the debate on social housing provision in its report, Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform, Study Report.

 

Given the narrow terms of reference the Commission received from the Turnbull government, focussing on creating competition, contestability and informed user choice, Labor believes many of the practical issues facing governments in the provision of social housing will be overlooked in the Commission’s final report, due in October next year.

 

I have written to the Productivity Commission, in my capacity as Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness to obtain a briefing on the report and the issues it raises.

 

Without government intervention to produce sustained growth in affordable housing stock, competition, contestability and informed user choice will remain firmly in the realm of theory and of little practical use.

 

Labor will continue to consult widely with housing stakeholders as we develop housing policies aimed at alleviating the growing shortage of social housing and affordable private rental housing.

 

The Turnbull government continues to fail to deal with housing affordability, most notably with its failure to address negative gearing and capital tax reform, which is locking many working and middle class Australians out of the housing market.

 

The result of the Turnbull Government’s inaction and neglect is a surge in the number of people experiencing homelessness.  Unless the government provides certainty to the states in relation to the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness, the plight of many vulnerable and homeless Australians will become even more difficult as private rental markets become even more unaffordable.

 

Labor once again calls on the government to provide certainty to the states and the non-government sector by funding the NPAH immediately.

 

MONDAY, 5 DECEMBER 2016