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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.
16 Feb 2009
Australians will get a triple bonus from the $6 billion injection into public housing under the Federal stimulus package, after the Greens ensured the 20,000 houses to be built will be energy efficient.
"We have been calling for a multi-billion dollar investment in the public housing sector for some time - and especially in a time of financial hardship, public housing is all the more crucial."
"The billions of dollars under this package will construct 20,000 new homes across the country, growing new jobs in building and construction at a time of economic downturn," said the Greens Housing Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.
The Greens voted in the Senate for the Federal stimulus package on Friday, negotiating a $435 million local green jobs plan that will create 10,000 jobs.
"The Greens have also improved the housing component to ensure that new social housing conforms to a six star Energy Efficiency Rating where possible, reducing the environmental impact of homes and keeping cost of living pressures down."
"This is the first time a national government will move to apply energy efficiency standards to future housing, bringing Australia closer to American and European best practice. This will lead to cheaper, greener and more comfortable housing for vulnerable Australians."
"By investing in public housing and these energy efficiency measures, we're giving the triple bonus by supporting affordable housing, supporting the housing and construction industries, and ensuring the houses provided for our most needy families are also energy efficient and cheaper to occupy," said Senator Ludlam.
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05 Feb 2009
The Australian Greens have called on Kevin Rudd not to cut a crucial service to West Australians by closing the Perth office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman.
28 Jan 2009
The Federal Government should follow up its $2b. support of the construction industry with an equally significant support package for public housing construction, according to the Australian Greens.
Housing Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam, said the federal government should make an initial $2 billion down-payment on public and not for profit housing, which would mean more than 6,000 homes would be build for low-income families - providing construction jobs along the way.
"As a start, the federal government should be at least looking to match its $2b. fund to prop up construction of shopping malls and commercial property with support for public housing."
15 Jan 2009
Former minister Gary Johns' comments on the need for harsher requirements for Indigenous housing funding are irresponsible and ignorant of cultural differences, say the Australian Greens.
"Over a quarter of Australia's Indigenous population live in overcrowded conditions, with inadequate, low-grade or otherwise substandard housing rampant," said Greens Housing Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.
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
"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.
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.
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.