National Shelter has analysed the published policies of the ALP, Liberal Party and Greens against its own policy platform for the federal election in May.
National Shelter calls on both major parties to extend their new bipartisanship on first home owner saver schemes to other more vital areas of housing policy.
Over the past 23 years, social housing levels have dropped from 6% nationally to 4.8% and below 3% in Victoria.
National Shelter has called instead for the development of a National Housing Strategy, which examines all the components of our housing system, including reforms to tax, planning, the relative contributions of state and commonwealth governments, the role
The REIA and Property Council have joined forces, claiming the Labor Party’s proposed changes to negative gearing and capital gains tax “will have negative impacts on mum-and-dad investors, home owners, renters, the construction industry, state governments and the economy,” in the words of REIA president Adrian Kelly.
They cite a “truck load” of reports that oppose the changes. Here’s why they are wrong.
Overall, we were disappointed at the absence of any housing measures while the funding for a royal commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation against people with disability is welcomed. There were a few measures for domestic and family violence prevention which were also welcome.
Adrian Pisarski National Shelter Spokesperson says,
‘The tax cuts offered by the government may add $5.00 to the budgets of people on incomes up to $708 per week. But $5 a week won’t dent the rent. Even $20 a week for incomes of $919 per week doesn’t help that much against often rising rents of $400 or $500 a week that many on those incomes face.’
The central themes of budget 2019 are tax cuts and infrastructure. Tax cuts don’t help
There is a plethora of well-intentioned research and opinion aimed at solving Australia’s growing housing crisis, including Labor’s proposed reforms to negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount. However, to be really effective, all of this must be considered in the context of a new national housing strategy. Only by taking that sort of holistic approach can we transform Australia’s housing system to be fit for the 21st Century.
The past 25 years have been characterized by underinvestment in social
This project aims to examine current inclusionary planning policies that deliver social and affordable housing supply across Australia. It will compare State/Territory and Local Government policies established across the country to identify the challenges and opportunities for inclusionary zoning. This document reflects our investigation to inform our consideration of policy objectives and advocacy.
The results and final report will be used to build a coalition of support around encouraging National leadership on inclusionary zoning, strategies and mechanisms
National Shelter response to the Treasurer’s call for Pre-Budget Submissions 2019-20
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