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Cost of fast-tracking tax cuts could fund $225b of recovery investment instead, new PBO costings reveal

As calls grow for a $220b infrastructure spend to tackle the recession, new costings completed by the Parliamentary Budget Office, at the request of the Australian Greens, have revealed that the Government could fund $225 billion in job-rich major infrastructure projects for the same cost to the Budget of bringing forward round 2 of planned personal income tax cuts.

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Public Housing health response should be led by care, not force

Adam Bandt 5 Jul 2020

The Greens have today said the Andrews State Government’s unprecedented lockdown of social housing blocks had created appalling outcomes for tenants, urging the government to consider a ‘care first’ response instead of the forceful response exercised so far.

State and Federal members for Melbourne, Ellen Sandell MP and Adam Bandt MP also said the state government’s long term neglect of public housing facilities was a contributor to the harsh response.

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Government says a woman’s place is barefoot and pregnant in a renovated kitchen

Adam Bandt 9 Jun 2020

Responding to the government’s decision to axe JobKeeper early in childcare, end free childcare and ignore the high rates of women losing work in industries like education, arts and hospitality, Greens Leader Adam Bandt accused the government of having a 1950’s anti-women’s approach to economic recovery.

“This government wants women to be barefoot and pregnant. For Scott Morrison, a woman’s place is in a renovated kitchen,” said Mr Bandt.

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Granite Benchtop Grants will worsen the homelessness crisis

Adam Bandt 4 Jun 2020

The Greens have responded to the Morrison government’s ‘granite benchtop grant’ announcement today, saying its HomeBuilder scheme will use public money for private benefit and potentially make the homelessness crisis worse.

“Public money should be used to create construction jobs and tackle homelessness by building public housing, not to lift house values for people who can already afford large renovations,” said Greens Leader, Adam Bandt.

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Public Housing, Not 'Granite Benchtop Grants', Should Drive Construction Stimulus

Adam Bandt 2 Jun 2020

The Greens have said that the construction of public and community housing should drive construction stimulus, not ill-conceived and unnecessary new home and renovation grants.

Warning Scott Morrison against establishing a ‘Mansion Extension Fund’ in lieu of a public housing fund, the Greens say the proposal represents the height of hypocrisy for a government that criticised the construction of school halls as post-GFC stimulus.

Australian Greens Housing spokesperson, Senator Mehreen Faruqi, said:

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Housing Needs A National Response With More Protection For Tenants: Greens

Adam Bandt 16 Apr 2020

Australian Greens Housing spokesperson Senator Mehreen Faruqi and Leader of the Australian Greens Adam Bandt MP have said that the federal government must step up and develop a national housing policy that addresses big gaps left by the states.

Housing packages announced by state governments in recent days have largely left vulnerable renters in the lurch and failed to address the power imbalance between landlords and tenants.

Senator Mehreen Faruqi said:

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Greens call for National Cabinet to end rental evictions and protect homeowners

Adam Bandt 25 Mar 2020

Tonight’s crisis National Cabinet meeting should be focused on housing relief to protect renters and tenants, the Australian Greens said today, with the Greens Leader and Housing Spokesperson today writing to heads of Governments to urge compassion through this crisis.

The letter comes following the unprecedented decision of NSW Parliament last night to pass a Greens amendment that enables the Government to ban rental evictions, empower tenants and limit the powers of landlords through the COVID-19 pandemic via regulation alone.

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Big banks failing homeowners who deserve mortgage holiday too

This morning’s decision by the big four banks to do nothing for homeowners risks putting families out on the streets, Leader of the Australian Greens, Adam Bandt MP, and Housing spokesperson, Mehreen Faruqi, said today, calling for the government to get big banks to give vulnerable homeowners a residential ‘mortgage holiday’ to make sure families don’t lose their homes.

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