Housing crisis

Greens pledge to lift Western Australia out of housing crisis

As the third day of the federal election campaign kicks off, the Greens pledge to build 118,000 homes in Western Australia over the next 20 years.

The move comes as Australia struggling with a serious housing crisis, or rental vacancy rates are at an all-time low in WA, while prices are skyrocketing, competition is increasing and many are struggling to find affordable housing.

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Green Senator Dorinda Cox and Senator Mehreen Faruqi said Monday that a federal housing trust would be created to build and manage housing in partnership with states, territories and community housing providers.

The deal will see three-quarters of new build designed for low-income tenants eligible for social housing, with the rest split equally into affordable rentals and properties via Commonwealth Condominium.

Senator Faruqi said the project “gradually rolling out all 118,000 homes across WA over the two decades”.

“That’s the number of homes we need if we’re going to make sure that social housing waiting lists are cleared, to make sure that first-time home buyers can actually buy a cheap home and that essential workers can actually live in the areas where they work.”

Senators announced the commitment to Mandurah, where vacancy rates are as low as zero percent, citing dire need.

“When we hear alarming stories such as families and children living in cars or tents in the area, we shouldn’t do that in a first world country like Australia,” said Senator Cox.

“And in a state that had a $5 billion surplus in the last budget, those are the critical pieces of investment, not just at the state level, but at the federal level.”

In addition, the Greens are pushing the new government to lead a national tenants’ rights plan to support tenants’ rights, with longer tenancies and price caps.

“It can’t just be, ‘it’s an election promise, and it disappears after the election,’ it’s about how we put a plan in place to be able to do that,” she says.

“It’s not just about having a home, it’s about having a home, and every Australian should be able to have that dream.”

– Senator Cox

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