housing affordability

10 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

My family and I can't be homeless again - make rents affordable for low-income earners!

Unexpectedly homeless, my 13-year-old daughter, my elderly mum and I were forced to couch surf from place to place. Mum couldn't find an affordable rental, and I was forced to leave my home after a relationship breakdown. I never thought this would happen to us.  All it takes is one crisis. My 73-year-old mother lives with a heart condition, and when it's bad I care for her 24/7. My back injury also requires constant specialist attention – so we all live under the same roof to help cover costs. We are fighting so hard to make do. But housing is now absurdly expensive with buying or renting near impossible for lots of people like us on low-incomes. Mum's heart condition and my back injury require so many treatments that aren't covered by Medicare. There are too many families like ours that are being forced into homelessness because there aren't enough affordable homes. Yet politicians are ignoring the issue. The wait lists for people needing urgent help with housing are years long, and most people are locked out of buying a house. We need more community, low-income housing made available by government. This is a crisis for thousands of families like ours. My mother and I just want a safe, affordable and secure home that my daughter can grow up in. We know what being homeless is like and we can’t do it again. It would be too much for us all. Please help by signing our petition. Please, Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten – stop families like ours from becoming homeless again by creating more affordable housing for people on low incomes.

Christine Thirkell
2,848 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull, Senator Richard Di Natale, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten, Richard Di Natale, Barnaby Joyce, Christian Porter, Katy Gallagher, Scott Ludlam

I know what it's like to be young and homeless. Young people need affordable housing

My name is Hayley and I’ve been in and out of homelessness since I was 14 years old.    I know people often wonder about how people become homeless, or how they stay homeless for such a long time. I’m here to tell you a bit about my story. When you’ve had such fractured relationships since childhood, it’s hard not to allow those relationships to negatively affect you as a person. Coming from really volatile environments, you get used to being treated badly and being manipulated. I had no idea what a healthy relationship looked like for the first 20 years of my life. I had never had a healthy relationship with anybody, especially myself. I walked around with a chip on my shoulder, I can admit that. So much shit had happened to me and I was sour. I acted out because there was so much going on inside of me. Once you get a house and start to seem settled, you’re never settled. When you are able to actually stop being hypervigilant after dealing with a lot of trauma, that’s honestly when you start feeling everything and that’s the point where I think people need the most support. That’s the point where you can crash. At first being in my own home was overwhelming, because it all hits you that you’re an adult and you have to take responsibility. The main thing that motivated me to move forwards in my life was thinking, “I’m not going to let what happened to me ruin the rest of my life.” That was my driver. I am not going to be scared because of my past. I’ve had a lot of support from my social worker and I’ve needed it. I want people to see people for who they are, not their stereotype. I want you to know who I am now. Proper housing means getting on with your life. We need more housing that’s affordable for people in my situation. A home gives you hope, stability, a sense of self and the chance to straighten up your life without having to move all the time. I want our government to commit to more public and community housing in Australia. Please help by signing my petition. Young people who become homeless really need housing they can afford, but also ongoing support so they can stay housed.

Hayley Van Summeren
18,251 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek, Senator Richard Di Natale, Wayne Swan, Emma Mc Bride, Malcom Turnbill

End Ridiculous House Prices in Australia NOW

Regardless of the political propaganda and spin that is being manufactured, nobody can actually and in all honesty deny that there is currently a real problem with the cost of buying and/or renting homes within Australia. Most Australians (regardless of their age) are resigned to the fact that they will never be able to afford their own home unless they win lotto or are the beneficiary of some other type of miracle windfall. I believe it is every Australian's right to own their own home. Home ownership imparts  to a person the type of security and stability that no other type of rented/leased accommodation can. To own a home used to be called 'The Great Australian Dream' and our country used to be known as the 'Lucky Country' but sadly neither of those slogans can stand firm as a true picture of our country anymore. The 'Great Australian Dream' began to die in the 1990's and I would venture to say that the position Australia held as 'the Lucky Country' started to fade around the same time. No doubt there were numerous factors at play during that time which has bought this about (the introduction of Negative Gearing, the entry into the Global Market, the lax laws that existed and still exist regarding international sales and ownership of Australian land, business' and homes are possibly some of the many ingredients that went into this disastrous blend) but whatever was the most toxic cause aside, the truth of the matter is this: Unless you are one of the fortunate few who has inherited your parents' legacy (their home/land purchased pre 1990's) or come from a fortunate background or are amongst the top small percentage of earners here you probably wont ever own your own home. For renters, the picture is no less unattractive. Prices for rental accommodation is ridiculously unfair and affordable for many, many people. Nowadays many people are spending up to half of their income on rental properties and many more are trapped in government and social/community housing with no hope or reality of ever getting out of them. Recently I went looking in our local market for a rental property only to find that the few (very few)  properties that were available at the lower end of the spectrum started at $350 per week. In fact, some real estates told me that I would find nothing in relation to a 2 or 3 bedroom home in my price range and their lowest listing started at $420 per week. Realistically how is any normal low to middle income family supposed to afford these shameful prices and still be able to cope with ever rising utility and living expenses. I truly believe that something has to be done by our Government Representatives to reverse this huge problem within Australia. Rental stress and financial stress are two of the biggest factors that are destroying peoples lives and wellbeing. To have to make a choice of eating or paying your rent is not acceptable. We as Australians should have the right to safe, affordable and stable housing from which we can endeavour to create truly productive and fulfilling lives. The Government struggles to find solutions to the rising mental health problems, domestic violence, increased rates of suicide, unemployment and other issues like rising heart problems and substance abuse. Can they not see that a person's environment and living condition do play a major part in contributing to these types of problems. They are refusing to face the facts that have been documented and presented to them so many times already. They are insisting on looking for cheap quick fixes to these complex issues but are so blind to the obvious. Australian people need and deserve to be able to live proper lives with a stable home base without having to suffer for it. Australian people are entitled to have a dream and fulfill it. Australian people are being forced to suffer through a crisis that should never have existed and it is their job (the Government Representatives that have been trusted to and elected by the Australian people to look after them. For too long they have sat by and just watched as this enormous balloon of a market was allowed to expand and rise out of the Australian peoples' hands. Sign this petition and let them know that you are serious about the issue, it is time for you to tell them that they are now expected to get serious on the issue too. No more little handouts and glossy words because we have heard enough waffle from them and it is now the time that they are expected to actually start to do the hard yards that they should have been doing all along. It is now the time to tell them to "END THE RIDICULOUS HOUSE PRICES THAT ARE PLAGUING THE AUSTRALIAN PEOPLE AND THE AUSTRALIAN HOUSE MARKET!"        

Janine Harpley
19 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Australian Government

Save the 'great Australian dream' | #SaveGreatAustralianDream

The great Australian dream of home ownership is under threat. It is under threat due to the fact current house prices in many markets rising at a rate that is faster than a persons ability to save.  Low wage increases & low interest rates on savings accounts don't help aspiring first home buyers save a deposit big enough to get into a property market that is being dominated by local and overseas investors.  Recently (December 2016) a 20 month parliamentary inquiry into housing found there was:   Nothing wrong with home ownership levels amongst young people; and, That there is nothing the Government needs to do in order to help young people own there own home other than support States in releasing residential land supply. We aren't sure where the inquiry was exactly looking but:   Current first home buyer purchase activity is at around all time lows; Home ownership amongst younger people is at an all time low; There are indeed way's the federal Government (& state governments) can make a difference (and should ASAP). Many tax policies are simply too generous for investors, disadvantaging first home buyers. Why does an investor buying his/her 201st investment property receive more tax help than a first home buyer couple trying to stop renting and buy their first home? We have prepared this petition to recommend that the Australia's federal & state governments consider the following 5 policies to make the property market fairer for all Australians (and to help keep the property market open for current + future generations to buy their first home). Reduce interest tax deductions for investment purposes from 100% tax-deductible to 50% tax-deductible. This means negative gearing will still exist, but there will be a higher incentive for investors to reduce debt, as interest costs will no longer be 100% deductible. (Federal Government) Change Capital Gains Tax (CGT) discount from 50% from 12 months +, to a tier scale discount system: 0 - 12 months = 0% discount; 12 - 24 months = 25% discount; 24 - 36 months = 37.5% discount; 36 months + 50% discount. This policy should discourage speculative short term investment and encourage long term investment which is good for the economy. (Federal Government) Provide first home buyers of every state a 50% reduction in Stamp Duty on purchases of existing dwellings and a 100% Stamp Duty exemption on new dwellings. This assists first home buyers with one of the biggest hurdles / costs of entering the property market while still encouraging new property development. (State Governments). Change the land tax system from value based, to property number based. Land tax would apply from property no. 3 +, except from property no. 1 for foreign investors. Some thresholds would still apply. Create a new First Home Buyers Saver Account (FHSA) that is run similar to a superannuation fund, except for the sole purpose of assisting young Australians purchase their very first home. It should include the following features:  Run by financial institutions, such as local banks.  Ability to salary sacrifice up to $7,500 of your pre-tax annual salary (tax-free) Ability to contribute up to $7,500 of your after tax savings (tax-free) Ability to invest in cash or managed funds offered by the financial institution providers Zero tax on investment earnings in the account You (the account holder) must make contributions in three separate financial years before being eligible to withdraw the account funds for the sole purpose of your first home deposit or to go towards your first home mortgage.  Stop giving investors more help than young Australian family first-timers! Want to help make a difference? To support our campaign: Sign the petition below Share the petition on social media using #SaveGreatAustralianDream Follow us on Facebook for updates:

First Home Buyers Australia
288 supporters