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Vacant building space in Perth can deliver for housing and small business

Unused building spaces could be converted into affordable housing under a Greens initiative that is attracting growing support.

Greens Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam has called for grants of up to $21,000 to help landlords convert empty commercial space, shop-top rooms, vacant warehouses and derelict homes into affordable housing. Housing and social welfare groups have voiced support for the policy to convert tens of thousands of empty dwellings in Perth into affordable rentals.

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Australia has a national housing supply council, we need a national housing supply strategy

The growing crisis in affordable housing must be met by a national housing strategy, the Australian Greens said today as new figures revealed a huge and worsening crisis in affordable housing.

Australian Greens housing spokesperson, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, welcomed the release of the National Housing Supply Council's State of Supply Report and called on new housing minister Robert McClelland to tackle the crisis head on.

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Australian Greens National Conference Press Conference - November 6, 2011

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown, Senator for Queensland Larissa Waters, Senators for Western Australia Rachel Siewert and Scott Ludlam, and Member for Melbourne Adam Bandt spoke to the media about the Australian Greens National Conference in Fremantle, WA.

Topics included the allocation of preferences, the environmental threats posed by developments in the Kimberley, and the Nationals' call for a "discussion paper" on coal seam gas. 

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West Australians need affordable housing, not high-risk debt

Western Australian Senator Scott Ludlam warned today that a new loan deal enabling first home buyers to borrow with only a three per cent deposit, rather than the usual 20 per cent, would exacerbate debt problems and do little to solve the affordable housing crisis.

Senator Ludlam, the Australian Greens housing spokesperson, said Western Australians need more affordable housing, not risky debt.

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