Housing Affordability is a Labor priority for Bendigo

Shadow Housing Minister Senator Doug Cameron and Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters are today meeting with Haven Home Safe CEO Ken Marchingo and staff in Bendigo, to discuss Labor’s plan for housing affordability.

Haven Home Safe assists thousands of people each year who are in housing crisis, homelessness, or in financial stress and rely on funding from all levels of government to provide their services.

Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters says it is time for a Commonwealth government that can show real leadership to address the housing affordability crisis.

“We have a housing affordability crisis in Regional Victoria and I am pleased to have Senator Cameron here to talk about Labor’s housing policies, and to support the amazing work Haven Home Safe is doing in Regional Victoria.

“More and more we are seeing people having to choose between paying for rent or buying food and from experience when people cannot meet their basic living expenses this leads to family breakdowns and drug and alcohol addictions.

“The divide between the rich and poor is growing larger every single day and the worse it gets, the worse it will become for all Australians,” said Ms Chesters.

“If we are serious about tackling inequality, making sure people have a safe place to sleep at night must be a policy priority. The Turnbull government has been incapable of coming to grips with this housing affordability and homelessness crisis. Labor has announced a number of policies to make housing more affordable, and we will have more to say before the next election,” said Senator Cameron.

CEO of Haven Home Safe Ken Marchingo said “We are happy to be a part of the consultation process to construct the national agenda on housing affordability. We are looking for leadership and certainty at a national level.

“From our point of view it’s important the Federal Government has central powers to change the levers of Government that can control housing affordability, especially around negative gearing which is in need of crucial reform.”