Senate debates

Monday, 19 June 2023


Consideration of Legislation

11:41 am

Photo of Tim AyresTim Ayres (NSW, Australian Labor Party, Assistant Minister for Trade) Share this | Hansard source

On Saturday it was announced there would be $2 billion in addition to the government's current package working to build, maintain and repair social housing; working with the states and territories in a cooperative and credible way to unlock the supply of housing and land; dealing in a constructive and effective way with all of the supply chain challenges that exist in the housing industry at the moment; and working with the industry on those questions, not locking the industry out of the discussion. We'll be working carefully through the labour supply and skills challenges issues. Beyond that is the National Housing accord, with 10,000 additional homes from the Commonwealth matched by 10,000 additional homes from the states. We're widening the remit of the National Housing Infrastructure Facility and dealing with the challenges through the National Housing and Homelessness Plan. We're fleshing out and providing more certainty for the regional first home buyers guarantee. We're putting our shoulder behind the wheel with the Help to Buy Scheme.

It is okay, in my view—it is a good thing—to argue for more. The problem is that the consequence of voting for this proposition is that there will be less. We are for more; there will be 30,000 fewer homes as a consequence of this proposition.


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