BUILD A MILLION HOMES
In a wealthy country like Australia, no one should be without a roof over their head.
But over the last few decades, Australian governments have created a housing system that actively impoverishes people and makes inequality worse.
Instead of guaranteeing everyone’s right to a safe home, the Liberals and Labor give billions of dollars in tax breaks to wealthy investors and property speculators and make sweetheart deals with their big billionaire developer donors.
In Melbourne, house prices and rents have skyrocketed, squeezing the most vulnerable into extreme housing insecurity and homelessness and putting home ownership out of reach of young people. Melburnians are being pushed onto years-long waiting lists to access public housing, while overcrowded apartments are putting residents’ health at risk.
Our plan to build a million affordable, accessible, high-quality homes will end homelessness and slash public and social housing waiting lists and provide options for young people seeking affordable, secure, quality homes.
‘Public housing shouldn't simply be a safety net, but a universally accessible alternative to private renting or private home ownership.’
At the same time, we will ensure high national renters’ rights standards, implementing rent controls and ensuring security of tenure by backing in European-style long-term leases.
Investing in a million homes will create tens of thousands of construction and services jobs and support Australia's economic recovery over the next decade.
With Greens in shared power, we can push back against the billionaires and the big corporations and make the next government take action on the housing crisis.