Housing crisis can no longer be ignored

The Australian Greens MPs

Australian Greens Housing spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi has said that the national housing crisis can no longer be ignored, as new data reveals that residential property prices rose 5.4 per cent in the March quarter alone.

Senator Faruqi said:

“Australia is facing nothing less than a full-blown housing crisis.

“People just want a place to live and call home. That’s it. But for more and more people, this is like something of a fantasy.

“The Morrison government clearly has no plan – and no interest in developing a plan – to deal with it. It’s outrageous. Even backbench Liberal MPs are starting to speak up and call for policy change.

“The government must urgently act on the housing crisis. They can start with a big social housing build and by scrapping the tax loopholes that have turned housing into a big game for speculators and investors.

“Hundreds of thousands of people are stuck on public housing waiting lists. Hundreds of thousands are being priced out of an unaffordable, out-of-control housing market.

“The Greens have a plan to build one million homes over twenty years, scrap the unfair tax exemptions, and ensure everyone has a roof over their head,” she said.

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