VICTORIAN HOUSING INTITIATIVES EXPOSE TURNBULL’S HOUSING POLICY VACCUUM

6 Mar 2017

Today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of a comprehensive set of housing policy initiatives is welcomed by Federal Labor.

Today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of a comprehensive set of housing policy initiatives is welcomed by Federal Labor.

The package, which includes support for first home buyers, planning reform, tenancy law reform, increasing and renewing social housing stock and improving housing services for Victorians in need is exactly the kind of approach Federal Labor has been calling on the Turnbull government to engage with the States and Territories about.

Rather than engage constructively with the States and Territories on meaningful reform of housing policy, the Turnbull and Abbott governments have done nothing for the past three and a half years but blame the States and Territories for the housing affordability crisis.

The Abbott and Turnbull years have been wasted years when it comes to housing policy.

Today’s announcement by the Victorian government exposes the housing policy vacuum of the Turnbull government.

Since coming to office, the Coalition has done nothing but scrap programs that were working, cut funding for homelessness services, float thought bubble after thought bubble into the news cycle, threaten to dump the National Affordable Housing Agreement and still refuses to reform negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions.

Victoria’s Homes for Victorians initiatives are what is done by a government that takes housing affordability seriously.

The record of the Turnbull government is one of a government with no idea what it stands for and which is hopelessly out of touch.

SUNDAY, 5 MARCH 2017