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  • Motions Social Housing
  • Motions - Social Housing - Reject charging market rates

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  • <p class="speaker">Lee Rhiannon</p>
  • <p>I, and also on behalf of Senator Cameron, move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority supported a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2018-06-19.235.1) introduced by Greens Senator [Lee Rhiannon](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/nsw/lee_rhiannon) also in the name of Labor Senator [Doug Cameron](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/nsw/doug_cameron), which means it succeeded. Motions like these don’t change the law by themselves but can be politically influential as they represent the political will of the Senate.
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • > *(a) notes that:*
  • >> *(i) the latest census data indicates that there has been a 13 per cent rise in homelessness since 2011,*
  • >> *(ii) a well-functioning social housing system that is affordable for tenants is important in reducing homelessness,*
  • >> *(iii) charging tenants a proportion of income as rent, as opposed to market rent, has proved an effective way to ensure affordability, and*
  • >> *(iv) the Productivity Commission's report no. 85, Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services, recommends state and territory governments charge new social housing tenant market rents; and*
  • > *(b) calls on the Turnbull Government to reject the recommendation that state and territory governments charge social housing tenants market rates.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) the latest census data indicates that there has been a 13 per cent rise in homelessness since 2011,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) a well-functioning social housing system that is affordable for tenants is important in reducing homelessness,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iii) charging tenants a proportion of income as rent, as opposed to market rent, has proved an effective way to ensure affordability, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iv) the Productivity Commission's report no. 85, <i>Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice into Human Services: Reforms to Human Services</i>, recommends state and territory governments charge new social housing tenant market rents; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) calls on the Turnbull Government to reject the recommendation that state and territory governments charge social housing tenants market rates.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">James McGrath</p>
  • <p>I seek leave to make a short statement.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Sue Lines</p>
  • <p>Leave is granted for one minute.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">James McGrath</p>
  • <p>This is a matter for the state and territory governments. There are no plans to introduce market rents for public housing. The Commonwealth is establishing a new $1.5 billion a year National Housing and Homelessness Agreement to commence on 1 July 2018.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Sue Lines</p>
  • <p>The question is that motion 847, as moved by Senator Rhiannon and standing in the names of Senator Rhiannon and Senator Cameron, be agreed to.</p>