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12 May, 2022

Housing priority for Greens Party

TACKLING the housing crisis is a key priority for the Greens candidate for Kennedy, Jennifer Cox, who believes selling off public housing has exacerbated the issue.


Tackling the housing crisis, a key priority for Greens.

TACKLING the housing crisis is a key priority for the Greens candidate for Kennedy, Jennifer Cox, who believes selling off public housing has exacerbated the issue. 

“There is a housing crisis in all of Australia because consecutive governments have not built public housing in many years. In fact, the Labor State Government has sold off over 1400 public houses and properties in Queensland,” she said. “And, almost 100 of these houses, sold to private developers, are in the Federal seat of Kennedy under Katter's watch.” 

Ms Cox claims selling off public housing and implementing “so-called” solutions like first homeowners grants have only inflated the market and increased housing prices. “This is locking a generation out of home ownership. Decreasing deposit requirements or taking super to use as a deposit only puts people further into dangerous levels of debt,” she said. 

The Greens have pledged to build one million new homes over 20 years so everyone has an affordable place to live without driving market prices up further. 

“We will also be providing free TAFE to ensure we have more builders and tradies to continue to develop our growing country,” Ms Cox said. “By making billionaires and big corporations pay their fair share of tax, we can house everyone on the social housing wait list, and permanently bring down housing costs so no one’s left homeless or facing overwhelming debt.” 

The Greens are also pushing to immediately cap rent increases and ban rent bidding, so that rents are tied to inflation and people get a fair chance to apply for a home. “Unfortunately, both major parties take big donations from the property industry, which means they put big developers and speculators first. Their governments have made it harder to buy your first home than your sixth,” Ms Cox said. “The Greens would stand up for ordinary people just looking for a secure, affordable home for them and their family. “Our investment in public housing and reforms to make renting more secure and affordable will mean everyone has a safe, stable home - whether you rent or own.”

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