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Byron Shire
June 19, 2024

No public housing in Labor’s $10b housing fund 

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Labor MP Justine Elliot says she expects successful projects from the Housing Australia Future Fund will be announced in the coming months.  Photo Tree Faerie.

Federal Labor MP, Justine Elliot, has told The Echo she expects successful projects from the Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) will be announced in the coming months. 

The comments come after questions around claims by Mrs Elliot’s political opponent, Greens candidate Mandy Nolan, that $30 million has been spent ‘without building a single affordable home’, owing to consultant fees and executive salaries.

Mrs Elliot’s 351-word reply again centred around attacking Ms Nolan over the delays by the Greens in passing the bill in federal parliament, and their delays around Labor’s Help to Buy legislation.

As previously reported, the Greens negotiations provided an extra $3 billion for the HAFF, and guaranteed a minimum annual spend of $500 million from the HAFF, starting in 2024-25. 

Despite this, Mrs Elliot does not agree that it is a benefit for the electorate, and instead says those delays were costly.  

Mrs Elliot did not explain why there is no provision for public housing in the $10 billion fund. 

The Housing Australia Future Fund (HAFF) does not explicitly include provisions for public housing, which is government-led. 

Instead, it focuses on social and affordable housing, which is administered by housing providers.

The Echo asked Mrs Elliot, ‘Given Australia was largely built on public housing, why was it not the centrepiece of the fund?’ A reply will be published if received.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. One must feel for the hapless ALP, as they run from one political bushfire to the next, and to the next again.
    The HUFF, in the headlines for all the wrong reasons, again.
    The Justine is back again with background noise, ‘Its all the Greens fault’. Just more Justine / ALP smoke and mirrors. Rofl.
    It is always the Greens having to come to the rescue to fix ALP policy misses.
    The Greens improved ALP’s deficient housing policy and also fixed that ‘little problem’ of a $’s10billions HAFF that, in original form, didn’t guarantee spending a single dollar to build homes. Only the ALP could have come up with that idea and think they’d get away with it.

  2. So your heading gives credence to the greens without analysis of the facts. Continued sucking up to the greens and not challenging their falsehoods.

    • Rod, which HAFF ‘analysis’ are you unhappy with;

      – The ‘analysis’ from Treasurer Jim’s Budget24 about the first HAFF spending –
      “The first $500 million disbursement from the Housing Australia Future Fund will be delivered in 2024-25:
      $200 million in repairs and maintenance in remote Indigenous communities
      A new $100 million grant round to build more crisis and transitional housing for women impacted by domestic violence and for older women at risk of homelessness
      $30 million in support for veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness”.

      – The ‘analysis’ that HAFF in original form didn’t guarantee spending any money in any given year.

      – The ‘analysis’ that HAFF spending is to create social and affordable housing ( this is different to public housing ).

      -The ‘analysis’ that the Greens fixed the HAFF, so that the HAFF now guarantees to spend a minimum $500millions per year.

      -The ‘analysis’ that thanks to the Greens, an extra $’s3billions for housing, separate from the HAFF, was achieved with the extra $’s1 billions for public and community housing through the National Housing Infrastructure Facility (NHIF SAH) and the extra $’s2 billions to the social housing accelerator fund

      – The ‘analysis’ of that $’s30millions spent on the HAFF;
      “Hard to defend’: Federal government called out following revelations Housing Australia spent $30m without building any homes
      The Labor government’s Housing Australia Future Fund has been heavily criticised after it was revealed it spent $30 million without building a single home.” SkyNews, Patrick Staveley Digital Reporter, June 5, 2024 – 8:00AM

      The housing crisis has been a work in progress on the watch of both Lab and LibNat.

  3. We could say, in the current climate, anyone who awakens from ‘their bed’ is extremely lucky. Such a situation could only be remedied by the total distribution of Wealth. What hope is there with Politicians now let off the hook of facing justice with the dismissal of the Robo-Debt dishonesty and the current PWC dishonesty generating further wealth, by dishonest means to the big-end of town. “Who ever mentioned the word ‘dis-honesty?”???

    Until Politicians actually awaken from sleeping rough in the streets, for months on end, how will they ever understand and advocate for housing for all. Its a long way to drop with your dirty blanket, your inadequate Beanie on your head, your tin or plastic bowl with ‘change’ in it and maybe, with luck, your pet dog wrapped in a small wee wrap to aid both heat and love on the cement. There is a remedy to such despair. During Covid many homeless folks were housed by Public money..so there is money. With the spread of diseases the homeless will be the the first of the de-classe likely to be infected. Compassion in politics ‘does not grow on trees”. However, Public Money is created by the Public via the Tax scheme and should create, in the long run, a return to Public Housing for the despairing end of town.

    • Jo Faith, good writing.
      If LabLibNat gave Public Housing as much support as they give to Negative Gearing and Capital Gains Tax Concessions, then we might actually see Public Housing getting done.

  4. The desperate Justine, MIA on answers.
    Sigh.
    But the Justine does give The Echo a nice little earner with the Justine’s latest full page spreader advertisement in The Echo, blaming the Greens for the Justine’s / ALP’s housing problems. More of the tired, “Its all the Greens fault” lines. Lol.
    The Justine needs to try harder. No effort is seemingly spared in running her full page ads in the very fine pages of The Echo.
    The Feros residents and 2022 Flood Victims, would have liked the same attention that the Justine gives to firing her ads off to The Echo.

    The ALP’s HAFF needed a bit of a makeover, the Greens helped clean it up and as well got additional $’s3billions allocated for housing in general. None of that was mentioned in the Justine’s ad in The Echo.
    Sigh
    The ALP’s Help to Buy, will need the Greens improvement touch as well to get it landed.

    • You mean they won’t pass urgently needed action until they have extracted maximum opportunity for attention and grandstanding.

  5. What is this incredibly parochial same old, same old, piece of Echo created news doing in the NATIONAL news section?

    Same-old – drum roll thunderbolt – unsourced “CLAIMS by Mrs Elliot’s political opponent, Greens candidate Mandy Nolan”.

    Same old selective paraphrasing of Justine Elliott’s reply and slanted accompanying commentary. All packaged as some sort of news!

    “News” “previously reported” that the Greens got all this extra money – announced quite separately from Greens negotiations after a windfall surplus. Why would the Government think that the Greens would be impressed when Hyphen Max was declaring the whole idea to be gambling with taxpayer money, not the right vehicle for funding housing etc etc?

    None of that stopped the Greens proudly taking credit for an even greater investment in same. Go figure.

    (Incidentally, HM seems to think that the best way of targeting taxpayers’ money is to give unmeans-tested socialised housing to all – because housing should be a universal government responsibility like health and education. Great except that this transition -much like nuclear reactors- might take a while in implementation)

    It should be of no surprise that major housing projects have significant administrative demands and lead times – you know those little niceties like local and state permits, environmental impact studies etc etc. all the more reason that it is breathtaking that the Greens would hold them up for so long while simultaneously whipping up outrage about housing stress and homelessness.

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