This is the first enews of 2020 from National Shelter and we wish all our readers and subscribers the best for the year. Housing has been in the news over the holiday period with the media proclaiming the ‘recovery’ of house prices in Sydney and Melbourne a positive sign.
In conjunction with SGS Economics and Planning, the Brotherhood of St. Laurence, and Community Sector Banking, National Shelter has released the November 2019 Rental Affordability Index. This report was widely publicised and distributed across social media and major news outlets, such as SBS and ABC.
The Parliamentary Friends of Affordable Housing and Reducing Homelessness has now been re-established in the 46th Parliament. Each Parliament needs to refresh or renew its friendship groups and we're pleased this one has been re-established with support from all major parties.
Last week, the CCCLM hosted a national event at the Melbourne Town Hall, focussing on generating social and affordable housing in a bid to end homelessness. Prior to the event, the CCCLMs released a report citing National Shelter’s approach to repairing social housing investment.
National Shelter was pleased to see the release of important reports by Infrastructure Australia and the Productivity Commission, recognising and reflecting positions we have held for some time. It demonstrates that, along with others, National Shelter’s advocacy has an impact and is gaining traction.
The National Housing Conference featured several Shelter folk giving presentations including a concurrent session on renting which featured a presentation by Sorcha Walshe from Shelter SA and Patrick Veyret from CHOICE.
National Shelter promotes an end to homelessness by developing the scale of supply of affordable and social housing Australia requires, complemented by the tailored support services people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness require.
National Shelter has a new look to its website, simplifying and tailoring the website to our core operations and business. The new site features simpler headings under the banners “Advocacy, Research and Reports, Policy, Rental Affordability Index and Shelter Network”. The website will continue to undergo improvements as we add the logos of our associate members and supporters in the coming weeks.
When parliament returns next week, the first item on the government’s agenda will be the Bill to provide tax cuts in three phases. Phase one and two provide modest tax cuts to low and middle-income workers with low income workers expecting an immediate tax cut, middle income workers from 2022 and large cuts for high income workers from 2024.