Housing supply: media releases

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Housing key to achieving National Reform Summit aims

26 August 2015 

Housing policy peak National Shelter will be at the National Reform Summit today to argue that housing tax reform and long term Commonwealth leadership on housing affordability are essential to achieving the aims of the Reform Summit. 

National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski will be there to live tweet the event with commentary on the housing measures necessary to achieve the reform agendas around productivity and living standards. 

“Economies are made up of households and the single biggest factor in households thriving, or not, is housing availability and affordability,” Mr Pisarski said. 

“National Shelter is seriously concerned that the Commonwealth Government has been signalling an exit from housing policy - a ludicrous situation when negative gearing and capital gains tax exemptions have such huge impacts on housing markets.

“We need a National Housing Strategy to underpin Australian productivity and living standards agendas.

“The ‘get a good job’ tactic doesn’t work if there is not a house to be had within commuting range of that job and Sydney and Melbourne don’t have sufficient jobs at that level. 

“The Federal Government must be leaders in housing strategy, for the sake of both our economy and living standards.”

Follow @AdrianPisarski and @NationalShelter for live tweeting of the National Reform Summit. 

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Capital gains tax discounts undermine affordability and must be reformed

 

 

Affordable housing peak body National Shelter has renewed its call for tax reform on housing, citing figures released by Greens leaders today.
 
Figures prepared for the Greens by the Parliamentary Budget Office show potential revenue savings of between $74b and $127b over ten years by reforming Capital Gains Tax Discounts introduced in 1999.
 
National Shelter has argued that the discounts, introduced by the Howard government, are over generous but also have perverse impacts on property markets.
 
“CGT discounts combine with negative gearing to encourage speculative investment in rental property, inflate house prices and do very little to add new supply,’ according to National Shelter Executive Officer Adrian Pisarski.
 
“By providing unnecessary incentives to investors who compete for the same limited supply of property with owner occupiers, these measures have helped inflate prices and reduce owner occupation levels.”
 
“Nor have they kept a lid on rents as rents have risen faster than CPI, faster than incomes and put hundreds of thousands of households into poverty.” Mr Pisarski added.
 
National Shelter has supported measures suggested by the Henry Tax review to reduce the benefits of CGT discounts and negative gearing but today’s figures suggest more may be done.
 
“The figures released today show all parties must relook at reviewing the tax treatment of housing.”
 
“With a million households in housing stress and over a hundred thousand experiencing homelessness we need additional funding for affordable housing programs and expanded homelessness responses.”
 
“So far we have only seen cuts and delays to housing assistance and denial of the need for reforms in these areas.”
 
“The government is also considering withdrawing from housing when we need additional spending and these figures show where the money might come from. We congratulate the Greens on this initiative.” Mr Pisarski concluded.

 

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Time to commit to action on housing affordability

22 August 2013

The peak housing advocacy organisation for low income Australians, National Shelter, today expressed deep concern that neither major party has addressed the greatest cause of financial hardship for very many Australian households – the lack of affordable housing.

“We are half way through the election campaign, and despite repeated calls across the community, neither Labor nor the Coalition have offered any direct affordable housing policies”, said National Shelter Chair, Adam Farrar.“There have been two leaders’ debates; but a deafening silence on one of Australia’s largest policy challenges.”

“We have heard repeated talk of ‘cost of living pressures’ in this campaign.  But housing is the largest item of expenditure in the budgets of all Australian households, and low income households pay a third more of their income on housing than high income earners.”

“With rents rising faster than incomes over the past decade, it is hard to take election talk of concern over living costs seriously without policies on housing affordability from either major party.”There is still time for the major parties to announce their housing polices.

National Shelter calls on the major parties to make the following five commitments that would make a real difference to low and moderate income Australians:

  • Make the National Rental Affordability Scheme permanent and provide 50,000 new incentives to support investment in low cost rental housing
  • Establish a social housing growth fund to turn around the decline in social housing for low income households
  • Increase funding for homelessness services to the levels needed to halve homelessness by 2020
  • Immediately lift the level of Commonwealth Rental Assistance and review its effectiveness in helping to meet increasing rents
  • Report on the effects of housing taxation and on implanting the recommendations of the Henry review on the tax treatment of housing.

Less than a year ago National Shelter released its full housing policy priorities statement, 'Meeting housing challenges'. In that policy National Shelter encouraged all sides of politics to agree to address Australia’s housing challenges and to develop a National Housing Strategy.

At this point in the election campaign, it is time for the parties to take up that challenge.

For the full National Shelter priority statement: Meeting housing challenges (summary)

For more information:
Adam Farrar, Chairperson: 0409 669 936

Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

National Shelter media release — 1 March 2013

National Shelter has welcomed the National Housing Supply Council’s report released today, revealing Australian’s unaffordable housing issue continues to grow.

Read more: Undersupply of affordable housing forces difficult housing choices

Ongoing social housing investment benefits wider community

National Shelter media release — 8 January 2013

National Shelter has welcomed a KPMG report declaring the overwhelming benefits of social housing investment through the 2009 economic stimulus plan, as well as the economic boost to the building industry.

Read more: Ongoing social housing investment benefits wider community

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