YET ANOTHER REPORT SHOWS THAT TURNBULL IS TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

24 May 2018

The gap between those doing it tough and struggling to find adequate housing and wealthy investors using unfair and unsustainable tax breaks such as negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts continues to increase

YET ANOTHER REPORT SHOWS THAT TURNBULL IS TOTALLY OUT OF TOUCH ON HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS

 

The gap between those doing it tough and struggling to find adequate housing and wealthy investors using unfair and unsustainable tax breaks such as negative gearing and capital gains tax discounts continues to increase.

 

The Turnbull Government is pushing ahead with its $80 billion handout to Australia’s biggest businesses, including banks and multi-national corporations while it ignores the plight of Australians experiencing rental stress and increased poverty.

 

A new report out today on the results of a survey conducted by the Salvation Army shows that many people who access the Salvation Army’s Emergency Relief services are experiencing housing stress.

 

The figures speak for themselves:

 

  • 81% of respondents who are privately renting or paying a mortgage are living under extreme housing stress, paying more than half of their income towardshousing.

  • Households with children are worse off with more than 90% under extreme housingstress.

  • 11% of respondents were homeless or living in temporaryaccommodation.

 

While Malcolm Turnbull and his ministers have been trying to do political deals with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation to deliver tax cuts to big businesses and banks, more and more Australians are falling below the poverty line and struggling to put a roof over their family’s head.

 

Malcolm Turnbull’s recent budget failed the test when it came to taking action that will help to manage the housing affordability crisis and growing homelessness in Australia.

 

Instead of helping vulnerable Australians to get a secure roof over their heads, he doubled down on his commitment to gift $80 billion to big business and the banks.

 

This sums up exactly what Malcolm Turnbull and his government are all about.

 

The Salvation Army report is deeply concerning, however the personal stories of people living off such a small amount of money are heartbreaking and can’t continue to be ignored by this government.

 

Labor has a plan to improve housing affordability, reduce the number of Australians who are homeless and put the issue of housing affordability seriously back on the national agenda.

 

We urge the Government to look closely at this report and stop dishing up empty rhetoric and instead serve up policies that will help to close the inequality gap.

 

WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY 2018