TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS TEST - AGAIN

4 Nov 2016

Today’s annual meeting of Federal and State Housing Ministers in Sydney adds to the record of failure of the Turnbull government in tackling Australia’s housing affordability crisis and a growing homelessness epidemic.

TURNBULL GOVERNMENT FAILS HOUSING AFFORDABILITY AND HOMELESSNESS TEST - AGAIN

Today’s annual meeting of Federal and State Housing Ministers in Sydney adds to the record of failure of the Turnbull government in tackling Australia’s housing affordability crisis and a growing homelessness epidemic.

Even the faint hopes held prior to today that the Turnbull Government would provide some leadership on these issues have been extinguished.

While the Turnbull government delivers lectures to the states on land release and planning issues, everyone else is left with a funding and policy limbo while the government tries to get its housing policy act together.

Homelessness service providers have yet again been left with uncertainty as long term funding for the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH) has again not been delivered.

The Turnbull Government has already cut $88 million from homelessness funding in the last NPAH agreement, and have failed to commit to funding NPAH beyond its expiry in June 2017.

Last year 256,000 Australians sought assistance from homelessness services, up from 236,000 the year before.

The crisis is exacerbated by the Turnbull Government’s over-generous negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions.

While the Turnbull Government lurches from crisis to crisis, they are failing to address the growing problems of homelessness and housing affordability. Today’s failure to make any headway on addressing these issues only exacerbates the dire situation in which many Australians find themselves.

FRIDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 2016