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Labor desperately caves to the Greens on housing

Liberal Party of Australia

Labor desperately caves to the Greens on housing

In a desperate last-ditch attempt to get its
troubled Housing Bills through Parliament, the Albanese Labor Government has
been forced to cut yet another deal with the Greens.

The agreement by the
Government to allocate an additional $1 billion towards the Coalition’s highly
successful National Housing Infrastructure Facility just reiterates again that
investments of this kind should be made directly, not through Labor’s convoluted
HAFF money-go-round.

Once again the
Coalition will not be supporting the establishment of the HAFF, which is merely
$10 billion in additional Commonwealth Government borrowing that cannot
guarantee and will not deliver a single home before the next election.

Let’s be clear –
Labor’s housing legislation does nothing to ease the supply pressures on first
homeowners seeking buy their first home and get into the property market.

It will only see
Australia’s housing crisis worsen with added inflationary pressures on the
economy, ultimately leading to higher interest rates and more difficulty for
those Australians looking to enter the housing market.

Despite all of this,
Labor is still planning to bring 1.5 million migrants to Australia over the
next five years, with no plan on how to house them, on top of our growing

Sadly, on every
housing measure things are only getting worse under Labor. First home buyers
are at their lowest levels since the Gillard Government, new house starts have
dropped by 6.6 per cent and new house approvals are 13.0 per cent lower
compared to this time last year.

Labor still can’t
say how many houses this Fund will build, where the houses will be located or
when the Fund will first make a return, and the Leader of the Greens even
conceded today, “Labor’s HAFF won’t fix the housing crisis”.

It’s clear that
today’s announcement is nothing more than a political stunt which is typical of
a government reliant on Greens preferences in order to be re-elected, and more
disappointingly, a government that is completely out of touch with Australians facing
real hardships and painful cost of living pressures.

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