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Time for PM to act on homelessness: Greens

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.

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Rental affordability bill passes; green opportunity missed

"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.

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The National Rental Affordability Scheme - Second Reading

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.

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Greens push for sustainable cost of living relief

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.

Senator Ludlam will move amendments to the government's National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) this afternoon.

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Greens welcome housing affordability deal

 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."

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NRAS, Community Housing and Sustainable housing design

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?

Mr Jaggers-I think I said it was approximately 50 per cent. I think those figures are 44 per cent commercial and 56 per cent not-for-profit organisations. I checked that at the break.

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Taxation implications for Community Housing and NRAS

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?

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