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Thursday, 9 May 2019


More responses from Candidates...

In a wealthy country like Australia, no one should be without a home. Unfortunately, years of Liberal and Labor governments have treated housing like a commodity and created a system that works best for their big corporate donors. First home buyers compete with wealthy investors who benefit from tax breaks, and our rental laws are heavily skewed to favour landlords over families and young people.
The Greens will ensure we have a housing system that puts people’s needs before property developer greed. We will establish a Federal Housing Trust to fund the building of 500,000 public and community homes. 
If you'd like to read our plan to ensure a home for all in Australia with more details on our housing policies, please visit our website here:
Regards,  Rob (from Julian's team)
Victorian Socialists are 100% opposed to the sell off and privatisation of public housing.
Victorian Socialists reject the trashing of public housing that is being carried out by stealth by both state and federal governments. Instead of what amounts to privatisation of public housing under the guise of "social housing", we call for government investment to massively expand public housing so that the system not only caters for all those currently on waiting lists, but makes it a real and attractive alternative to private rental for hundreds of thousands of people.

 State and federal governments have all shrugged their shoulders and given up on providing affordable high-quality housing as a right to the whole population.They’ve decided that the private sector should simply run the sector, according to its priorities; profit from land value appreciation, land banking, investment-based apartments, frequently empty, funded through negative gearing, with a glut of overpriced units, and an absolute shortage of affordable properties.

A lot could be done about the private rental market, but there is only one thing that will create affordable housing: a massive revival of public housing, and a revolution in how it is used. Development Victoria’s mission could include a massive expansion of public housing. Instead we are selling off a valuable public asset and paying developers to build homes at a profit.

The revolution in public housing would create a public housing sector that it is open to and used by people on low, lower-middle, and middle incomes, either as a prelude to entering the private market, or as secure housing for life.
"If you go to my website and download my Policy document, you will see I refer to increasing housing for low income households in the proposed Arden-Macauley precinct, from 6% to 20% - for 50 years!
I think we need to help public housing tenants so they are not punished for working in casual and temporary jobs.
My view on housing in general is to increase the supply overall but so that we have more accessible and affordable housing for working Australians. That means shifting jobs to country towns and growing new cities.
We have shown we can do smart things with public housing in Victoria in years gone by, and we can get back to that.
I am in favour of smaller 'in-fill' style projects evenly spread out across Melbourne, so that people who are unemployed or low wages or have disabilities can access employment opportunities. We have good examples of that in North Melbourne and it works really. I don't think we should isolate people."
Affordable housing is one of our four key campaign pillars. For our policies on housing please see this link
The FLUX Party
The Flux Party is an apolitical party with the aim of promoting issue based direct democracy using the Flux App
For example if a piece of legislation concerning Public Housing was put before the parliament, every enrolled voter could vote to pass or reject the legislation. With the flux model every citizen has a vote instead of just the politicians.To find out more please visit 

 I'm happy to commit the Democratic Labour Party (Labour DLP) to the protection and extension of Public Housing. We also oppose the current, or any, privatisation strategy.
The DLP would in fact like to see all a National Public Housing Scheme (NPHS) where state public housing across Australia is brought permanently under Federal government control with a national low income rental rate of 25% of earnings and 15% for disabled occupants. The scheme would be introduced in a cooperative style with a government agency as 'steward' of the scheme but ownership and control being in the hands of the Australian people. As the scheme has a cooperative structure the housing could not be sold off without the agreement of 90% of the co-op shareholders; the shareholders being those Australians who appear on the electoral roll (some 15 million).  
This is part of the long term DLP cooperative plan to see all State and Federal assets, utilities etc... brought under direct ownership of the Australian people by Cooperatising them. Governments then get to be stewards of the assets but ownership is directly in the hands of the people.
Australia is currently going through a housing crisis. This has been building for decades now, to its current peak which may get even higher unless government wakes up and intervenes in our national domestic housing travesty.  Homelessness and lack of housing support is a misery being suffered every day by thousands of Australians, in every state and territory of this supposedly "lucky country".  Lucky for some, but not the many others who have become the underprivileged and hapless souls missing out on the security of a place to live in a country as wealthy as Australia.  We must ensure a safe place to live for all in the Australian community. Sole parents and other underprivileged sectors of our society are suffering.
If I am lucky enough to be elected to the House of Representatives in the Australian Parliament by the people of the La Trobe electorate in May this year, I will be doing all in my power under the next term of government, whoever is at the helm and whichever party has a majority, to ensure that the needs of those requiring public housing are met. 
As a city planner I am only too aware of the issues of housing affordability and homelessness. I am not in a position to give you a detailed response, but I am clear in saying that we have dropped the ball in this area,not least of all in providing funded public housing, and recognising that renting is a reality for many people who should be assisted, not penalised. Electricity cost savings by installing solar panels is just one example. See my key issues on my how-to-vote card. The website includes evolving details of my values,advocacy and campaign, and I post on Facebook billchandlerforkooyong. All the best with your important program. Bill Chandler OAM To discuss further please ring 0419762760.

Many thanks to all the candidates who have responded, especially since most are frantically busy on the hustings leading up to the day of the Election. ( More responses were featured on the previous post. )

The difference between Public Housing and Community Housing has not been addressed by many of the respondents. I think there is still much confusion about the two housing models.They should not be conflated as if they are the same or similar. 

The reality is that Community Housing ( aka Social Housing ) is TAKING OVER Public Housing. 
Public Housing is being privatised, and this is happening right across all Australian states.

Arguments in favour of Public Housing vis-a-vis business housing models such as Social and Community Housing, should be actively engaged in by all political candidates. We believe that Public Housing does the job of housing people far better than Community Housing - and at far less cost to society.

With homelessness rising all the time, and so many people experiencing severe housing stress, we simply cannot afford to keep losing Public Housing in this way.
Don't forget to sign the petition by the Federation of Community Legal Services.

1 comment:

  1. Once again Fiona has played orchestra conductor to the many players in the orchestra pit, playing the public housing tune. Unfortunately no big players have felt the need to play along to both increase public housing stock or to prevent further privatization of current stock. Three minor parties though appear to play along, and this is most welcome. The Greens with their federal housing trust and proposal to build 500,000 public community houses. Plus Victorian socialists supporting a massive revival of public housing and the good old DLP who oppose the privatization of public housing. This support is a good start, but only the beginning if a turn-around is to be made to address the issue of not enough being done to both save and increase public housing stock.