Family, Ageing, Community & Disability Services
We are committed to delivering a guaranteed adequate income to all Australians, so as to assure people have appropriate support. Accessible social services, community resources and income support are essential for ensuring everybody has access to quality health care, housing, employment, education and training. The Greens are committed to increasing Newstart Allowance and raising all income support payments to better reflect the cost of living.
The community and not-for-profit sector plays an important role in our society and Government needs to commit funding and support accordingly.
People who experience disability, and their families and carers deserve access to life-long support and services that meet their individual circumstances. They should have the opportunity to actively participate in planning and delivery of policies, services and supports in areas such as education, health, housing, mobility, employment and social engagement. The Greens are actively working to ensure all Australians have independence, self-determination and choice in their lives.
15 Jan 2009
Extending the increased first home owners grant won't solve Australia's long-term housing affordability crisis according to the Australian Greens Housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.
"The increased first home owners grant is no silver bullet. The housing market's got a quick shot in the arm, but that will soon pass if no action is taken to address the critical shortage of public housing."
26 Nov 2008
Greens Housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam says the government’s boost to first home owners’ grants isn’t solving the housing crisis, as new figures show Western Australia having the second highest rate of Mortgage defaults in Australia.
“According to Fitch Ratings Western Australians are amongst those struggling the most to keep their homes. The first homebuyers grant encourages people to start a mortgage, but where are the housing affordability initiatives that help with mortgage stress.”
24 Nov 2008
The Australian Greens Housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam says the Prime Minister must take immediate action on homelessness after failing to deliver during his first twelve months in office.
The Senator issued the call after Australians for Ending Homelessness launched their five point plan in Canberra this morning and the federal government clocked up one year in office.
"Despite making homelessness a high-order priority when he took office a year ago, Mr Rudd hasn't delivered. We're still waiting for an increased investment in preventative measures, funding for support services, and for increased support for public housing. We're still waiting for a united and coordinated response across all areas of government so we can effectively address homelessness," said Senator Ludlam.
23 Nov 2008
I concur with many of the concerns that were raised by Senator Payne around the way the scheme will actually function once it has been operating for a couple of years. We recognise that, as the government has put it, it is quite an adaptive policy and that it is intended to be changed according to the uptake-the rate at which the community sector or the private sector eventually decide to take on the scheme.
We will also be following this with a great deal of interest, as the successive rounds under the NRAS roll out, to assess whether it is actually meeting the demand. The demand has obviously reached appalling proportions.
23 Nov 2008
"The Greens welcome the passage of the National Rental Affordability Scheme Bill and hope it will provide some overdue relief to renters, but we're disappointed that the government passed up an opportunity to green it up," Australian Greens housing spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.
Senator Ludlam moved to amend the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) this afternoon, but the amendments failed without government support.
17 Nov 2008
The Australian Greens say infrastructure, broadband and constitutional reform must be on the agenda today, when the first Mayors' Summit kicks off in Canberra.
"Today's summit presents a rare opportunity to develop a shared response to the environmental challenges we face," said the Greens Spokesperson for Local Government, Senator Scott Ludlam.
13 Nov 2008
The Australian Greens will move to give cost of living relief to renters today, by amending the government's housing affordability plan.
"Housing affordability is about more than just reducing the cost of a rental. It is also about reducing cost of living expenses, like petrol, electricity and water," said the Greens Housing Spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam.
12 Nov 2008
The Australian Greens have welcomed a change of heart from the tax office which will increase access to affordable housing for thousands of Australians, in response to pressure from the community housing sector and the Australian Greens.
"An adverse ruling from the ATO would have meant that community organisations participating in the National Rental Affordability Scheme would have lost their tax exempt status, jeopardising the viability of the whole scheme."
29 Oct 2008
Thursday, 23 October 2008
Senator LUDLAM-I just have a couple of more questions to ask along the line of where Senator Payne was heading. Can you just remind me-I believe you covered this before-of the rough make-up of not-forprofit or community housing organisations who have applied under round 1 as compared to commercial developers?
28 Oct 2008
Economics Committee Wednesday 22 October
Australian Taxation Office
Mr Michael D'Ascenzo, Commissioner
Mr Mark Konza, Acting Second Commissioner
Ms Sue Vroombout, Acting General Manager, Personal and Retirement Income Division
Senator LUDLAM-Have you been contacted by community housing organisations raising concerns that they would potentially be excluded from participation in the NRAS?
Ms Vroombout-Not that they would be excluded from it, but we have had discussions with them around the impact of their involvement in the scheme on their charitable status.
Senator LUDLAM-And raising concerns that potentially the way that the department and/or the tax
office are reading the definition of ‘community housing' or ‘charitable status', that they might not be able to participate in the scheme?