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Swan sets the foundation, but we're still waiting for the roof

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 14 May 2008

Yesterday's budget was a step in the right direction towards solving our housing crisis, but we still have a long way to go, according to the Australian Greens.

"The Rudd Government has set down a good foundation by addressing some of the long term problems associated with the current housing crisis. I was pleased to see the necessary changes made to the Government's contribution to the First Home Savers accounts, addressing the inequality issues that previously existed."

"Being part of the Select Senate Committee into Housing Affordability, I've seen evidence of the true extent and impact the housing crisis is having on households across Australia. The Australian Greens would have liked to have seen measures directed to addressing some of the immediate problems facing those struggling against huge debt or high rents."

"We need the Government to take an active role in supporting not only those finding it difficult to buy a house but those who cannot even afford to rent," she said.

"We look forward to the Government implementing further measures to ease Australia's housing crisis, including further development in rental assistance, shared equity, housing co-operatives and further funding of low-cost housing."

"While this budget clearly acknowledges the dire situation affecting many Australian households, the Government still needs a comprehensive, in-depth approach that tackles all levels of this problem. We must deal with the underlying structural issues of housing affordability in this country" she concluded.

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