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Affordable housing is a key part of The Greens platform and Ms Nolan spoke up on the issue at Sunday’s launch of The Greens housing announcement saying that action on housing unaffordability is proving crucial in the region, where the median house price has grown faster than anywhere else in New South Wales.

‘The cost of housing in Richmond is totally out of control. It’s near on impossible for people to find an affordable place to live within their own community,’ pointed out Ms Nolan.

‘The big parties have ignored the issue – and it’s causing too many people too much harm, just so other people can get ridiculously rich.’

The Greens have said that they propose to build one million new homes, built over 20 years, to clear public housing waiting lists, make housing more affordable, end homelessness.

The Greens are proposing one million new homes.

The proposed plan is to set up a ‘Federal Housing Trust, which will:

  1. Build 750,000 new public and community houses to slash public housing waiting lists and end homelessness;
  2. Build 125,000 new shared ownership homes, which will allow first-home buyers to buy a home in suburbs they want to live in for $300,000.
  3. Build 125,000 new public universal access rental homes to provide secure housing for more people and move towards universal housing.

The Federal Housing Trust will construct and manage all dwellings in partnership with states, territories and community housing providers.’

First owners would be able to purchase 75 per cent equity in a home for $300,000 said The Greens as part of their housing announcement.

‘When people want to leave, they can sell back their share to the government’s Federal Housing Trust at an appreciated rate linked to property price growth nationally,’ they stated.

Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt. File photo

Adam Bandt MP, Leader of the Australian Greens said that ‘With so many people locked out of the housing market, we urgently need the government to act and ensure everyone has somewhere secure to call home.’

‘The housing market is broken and the government must step in. As well as slashing public housing waiting lists, the government should build good quality homes in good locations that people locked out of the market can afford to buy.

‘In balance of power, the Greens will kick the Liberals out and push the next government to tax the billionaires so we can build homes everyone can afford.’

NSW Greens upper house member and spokesperson for Housing, Dr Mehreen Faruqi.

Greens Senator Mehreen Faruqi, Greens spokesperson for Housing said that ‘In a property market rigged for speculators and wealthy investors, buying a home is well out of reach for most people. It’s currently too expensive for many people to both pay rent and save for a deposit.

‘People who have been locked out of a home due to skyrocketing prices and a housing system stacked against them will be able to own a high-quality sustainable house and make it their home at an affordable price.’

The Greens believe that the next election is looking close, and ‘if the Greens win in Richmond, they could be in the balance of power and push the next government to make housing more affordable,’ they said as part of their housing announcement.

‘They can’t ignore us in the balance of power,’ said Ms Nolan.

‘I want to go to Canberra and fight for our region’s future. The thing is, if we win here, we can get into a position of real power with the next government.’

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  1. The Greens used to be an alternative.
    More houses for more people equals more clearing, more mining, more logging and less koalas, less forests, less biodiversity.
    What is required is less people.

  2. Not clever fighting Labor, who have a plan to create sustainable public housing, when you’re more like to keep the Liberal/National Party in power. We know they won’t invest in public housing and will not do anything about negative gearing or sustainability either.
    Greens need to ask themselves is this about power and ego, or creating a better more equitable Australia?

    • Labor’s plan? What plan? Last I heard they’ve caved in on negative gearing as they always do, because big money and the donations it brings matters more to them than the housing needs of local families. Please show us this plan they have for public housing (I bet you can’t). Labor cant rely forever on simply not being quite as shit as the LNP as a reason for people not to vote Green or for other independents The punters have long ago wised up to that rubbish.

      • Actually bishop it’s because they lost the election and too many people didn’t want it though an excellent policy. All those negative bearers are costing us but the greens are not a party of government.

  3. Like Mandy’s articles but she should be running in a coalition held seat not trying to knock off other progressives, but then the greens can make all the promises they want as they aren’t a party of government. Look in Victoria and Queensland same policy, avoid challenging conservatives, attempt to knock off other progressives then claim increased representation.

  4. Just keep Bob Brown and the Greens away from Queensland or the Greens will give the LNP another term in office. The Greens going to QLD lost the last election, the Greens are the reason we have this LNP COAL-ition, instead of a progressive Labor Govt. Look at the record of failure in the NSW Tweed electorate, the Greens are responsible for the National party in that electorate, no one else.
    Mandy, go to another electorate and win a seat from the coalition, we already have the rep we want in Richmond, with a proven track record.
    That one seat the Greens think they can hold an LNP Govt accountable with, was the seat Morrison won to form Govt and he can and will do it again?
    Work with Labor not against them! A party needs 76 seats to form Govt in Australia, the one seat Greens are not even a protest vote, they are a hindrance with this floored strategy!

  5. I’ve been living in a pub room since 2017 after the flood ruined my rented house at Tumbulgum . I cannot afford the rental prices in the 2484 area . I have been on the housing waiting list ever since.

  6. Delivering affordable housing is a noble goal and one that the government should fund and support. And yes, housing prices are ridiculous. However, the “plan” presented in the article is so unbelievably naïve and shows a complete lack of understanding on how the current planning “system” works – or doesn’t work as the case may be.

    “The housing market is broken and the government must step in. As well as slashing public housing waiting lists, the government should build good quality homes in good locations that people locked out of the market can afford to buy.”

    So, this “government ” that we are told must step in – is this the government that the local and vocal NIMBYS have been telling for decades to keep their noses out of approving more land and/or more density that is a pre-requisite to building the proposed affordable housing? In the last Residential Settlement Strategy (RSS), the ironically named local progress associations clearly said they don’t want much more housing. So, where is this housing going to be built? Is Mandy and the Greens going to ride rough shod over the top of them – top down?

    And what is the process that Mandy would use to deliver this large increase in affordable housing?

    We have just finished a Residential Settlement Strategy (RSS) which took Council about 6 ridiculously long years to finish when you include all the preliminary phase. Many logical proposals to deliver affordable housing were punted out of existence by local interest groups and personalities that primarily rejected both releasing more land or any material increasing density around services for said affordable housing. Certainly there was nothing proposed or even contemplated on the scale that Mandy is talking about.

    Sadly, once you have the gazetted RSS, you are not even remotely close to building a single house in any of the new areas that actually make it through that 6 year battle of attrition. Council knows this first hand. How long have they been phaffing around on Lot 22, and how much longer will they be? Based on the RSS, you still have to then go and get a rezoning proposal approved which takes another 18-24 months. Then you have to prepare and get approved a DA which takes another 12-18 months. Then you have to do a CC and actually build it which takes at least another 12 months. So, in total, with the current “system” the track record of Council is around 10 years to get from initial planning to seeing an actual house built due to increased density or in a new area.

    Soooo….. is this Mandy’s plan? We have just finished the last RSS. So, she will have to wait another 3-5 years until this RSS is reviewed with any real significant changes proposed. Then I suppose we grab the process by the horns (how I don’t know) and jam a whole lot more housing into Byron LGA – both as more density and in new land releases? See you in 15 years’ time then – if Mandy is still around. Or maybe she is going to have the whole Planning Act revamped? Good luck with that.

    And, just where does Mandy propose to jam in this increased development density for affordable housing? Into locations that are already slated for more density in the recently completed plan? Or where would she release more land for affordable housing? So, I guess suddenly everyone in Byron Shire will find this unprecedented level of new housing acceptable because Mandy and Co know where to find all those extra “good quality locations” in the Shire that previously everyone else hasn’t noticed? Maybe she been pouring over the strategic documents and identified a whole raft of missed opportunities to bring forward that everyone will love? You can’t build these houses in another dimension. They have to go somewhere.

    Honestly, it’s frustrating to read something so full of big talk, with so little substance, and no chance of achieving anything. Typical politics really – and the other two “franchises” are no better.

    Affordable housing is an important and admirable goal and Australia’s housing market is just not equitable. But until we are ready to support the hard and unpopular decisions of more density and land release required to deliver new housing, which is by definition a pre-requisite to building affordable housing, let’s not pretend that we are going to change the status quo.


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