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First home owners grant is poorly targeted and should be wound back

The Australian Greens say extending the boost to the First Home Owners Grant in the coming federal budget won't solve the nation's housing affordability crisis.

"Some people talk about the first home owners grant as if it's a magic wand that will provide long term housing affordability," said the Greens Housing Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.

"All it really does is provide a windfall to the banks, by encouraging people to take up expensive mortgages they can't necessarily afford."

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Financial crisis time to invest in community broadcasting

 The Australian Greens say the Government should provide $14 million in its coming Federal Budget to support the nation's 436 community broadcasting stations in building social inclusion during the global economic crisis.

"The community broadcasting sector plays a vital role in keeping Australians linked into their communities. It reflects the diversity of the Australian people and it brings diversity to an industry that is otherwise dominated by a few big players," said the Greens Communications Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam.

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Government must end Pine Gap deception

The Australian Greens say a government bill to clamp-down on peaceful protest at Pine Gap is anti-democratic and the Senate should vote against it.

Under the Defence Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, the Government has strengthened provisions defining Pine Pine Gap as a "prohibited area" required for the defence of Australia. Those who enter or photograph the site face imprisonment for up to seven years.

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Greens deliver triple boost for public housing

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."

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Boost public housing and jobs: Greens

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.

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Indigenous Housing needs investment, not criticism

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.

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First home owners grant no silver bullet: genuine affordability initiatives needed

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."

"An investment in public housing is needed, so that we can provide people with affordable housing options. This is about providing for home security, not just home ownership."

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