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Greens welcome long overdue Community Land Trust examination

The Australian Greens say the Government's decision to examine the use of community land trusts among a number of plans to increase Aboriginal home ownership comes more than two years after the idea was first put forward.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson for Indigenous Affairs first called for wider examination of measures allowing communities greater flexibility and access to affordable accommodation as part of a Senate Select Committee Inquiry in 2008 'A good house is hard to find: Housing affordability in Australia'.

These announcements echo calls we made advocating Community Land Trusts in 2008 and pointing out the flaws of the Government's approach to housing in subsequent dissenting reports into the Northern Territory Emergency Response," Senator Rachel Siewert said today.

"It's nice to have our position on this issue vindicated, but disappointing the Government has taken so long to see the light," Senator Siewert said.

"A lot of time and money has been wasted in the intervening years and in the end we're still faced with the same problems and a huge discrepancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous home owners in this country.

"Housing affordability models such as Community Land Trusts, Limited Equity Cooperatives and Deed Restricted Mortgages allow for longer term housing initiatives which reduce the costs to individuals of owning their own homes, but at the same time retain the value of the communities' investment to provide affordable housing in perpetuity."

"This approach helps us close the gap, strengthen communities and bring about the long term, meaningful changes we've been promised for so long," Senator Siewert concluded.

More information:http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/hsaf_ctte/report/index.htm

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