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Our cities will stop working without a decent national housing policy

15 Jun 2016
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We have to move the housing conversation beyond a game of political football about negative-gearing winners and losers. Australia needs a bipartisan, long-term, housing policy. Why? Because we have a slow-burn, deepening crisis that is affecting Australians who are already highly vulnerable and disadvantaged. They include:

  • 206,000 households on the waiting list for social housing;
  • 46% of those with greatest needs wait two years or more; and
  • 105,000 were designated homeless in the 2011 Census.

The UN Rapporteur on Human Rights, following a visit in 2007, concluded that Australia was failing to deliver the fundamental human right of adequate housing because of the lack of any co-ordinated national strategy. Nothing has changed since 2007.

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