National Shelter has analysed the published policies of the ALP, Liberal Party and Greens against its own policy platform for the federal election in May.
National Shelter spokesperson Adrian Pisarski said, “We don’t pick sides in elections and will work with all parties to establish a National Housing Plan, however we have analysed each party’s policies against our own priorities."
National Shelter has identified the 9 key priorities as:
1. Establishing a National Housing Strategy;
2. Reforming Taxation to remove distortions and raise revenue for housing;
3. Housing as Infrastructure with an Urban and Regional Development focus;
4. Financing Affordable Housing via Direct Investment by Governments, Bonds and Incentives for scale private investment;
5. A Fair and Secure Renting System;
6. A Housing Strategy for First Peoples’;
7. Improving the National Housing and Homelessness Agreement;
8. A Strategy to End Homelessness; and
9. Improving Income Support.
Against these criteria National Shelter shows the ALP to have more policies which align with its own and which it believes are required to address housing affordability and to ensure all Australian households have a decent dwelling in which to live.
“The Morrison government has developed some positive initiatives on housing but it falls short on tax reform, new investment in social housing, support for planning reform and other key measures.”
“The ALP has a stated policy to have a dedicated Housing Minister, to lift social and affordable housing supply, has announced a measure to increase affordable housing by 250,000 dwellings and supports reforming tax distortions and planning measures to boost the supply of affordable housing.”
Mr Pisarski said, “The ALP and the Greens also support more accessible housing for people with disability, national standards for renters rights, energy efficiency measures and the re-establishment of the Housing Supply Council.”
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