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Speech: National Rental Affordability Scheme

Mehreen Faruqi 12 Feb 2019

Hundreds of homes have started to drop off the National Rental Affordability Scheme, NRAS, with the number of homes swelling to thousands next year. This means many vulnerable people, including families on low incomes, will be left without support and will face homelessness. We are facing a cliff in the housing crisis. Social housing hasn't increased since the turn of the century, despite the rise in homelessness and the rising numbers of those in housing stress. Rental support needs to continue. What we really need is a massive federal investment in building new social housing. It is well beyond time for the major parties to take the housing crisis seriously.

The motion

I wish to inform the chamber that Senator Storer will also sponsor the motion. I, and also on behalf of Senator Storer, move:

That the Senate—

(a) notes that:

   (i) the National Rental Affordability Scheme (NRAS) will soon start to phase out this year after the Abbott Government made the decision to discontinue it in 2014,

   (ii) hundreds of dwellings will be dropping off the scheme in a matter of months, yet there has been no replacement scheme or extension to the NRAS announced by the Government, and

   (iii) many vulnerable people will be left unable to access affordable housing and could face homelessness; and

(b) calls on the Federal Government to urgently commit to a replacement scheme or an extension of the NRAS.


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