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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Portfolio Media Releases

Only Labor will give local government a voice in National Cabinet

Labor Leader Anthony Albanese has today announced that local government will have a seat at the National Cabinet table in an Albanese Labor Government. “It is an insult to every Mayor and Councillor in Australia that the Prime Minister kicked them to the kiddies table when... read more...


Homelessness in Adelaide back to pre-pandemic rate

JASON CLARE MP FEDERAL SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND NAT COOK MP  STATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR HUMAN SERVICES STEVE GEORGANAS MP FEDERAL MEMBER FOR ADELAIDE  HOMELESSNESS IN ADELAIDE BACK TO PRE-PANDEMIC RATE  Labor is calling on the Prime... read more...


New report proves Liberal backbench plan will make it even harder to buy a home

JASON CLARE MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND HOMELESSNESS SHADOW MINISTER FOR REGIONAL SERVICES, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND TERRITORIES MEMBER FOR BLAXLAND   STEPHEN JONES MP SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER SHADOW MINISTER FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES MEMBER FOR WHITLAM   In the last few... read more...


Thousands of Australians forced back into homelessness

One of the real success stories of the past year was what was done to help thousands of desperate Aussies sleeping rough in our parks and streets. At the height of the pandemic, 40,000 people who were sleeping rough, couch surfing or in shelters were provided with a bed in... read more...


Government turns its back on bushfire brothers

Peter and David Abel are twins who have lived together their whole life. After losing their home in the bushfires, they tried to access the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant to rebuild.   Because they’re brothers, not a couple, the Government says they’re not entitled to the grant.... read more...


Bushfire victims should get Homebuilder extension

  Many of the 3,000 Australian families who lost their homes in last summer’s bushfires will miss out on the HomeBuilder grant because they won’t be able to sign a contract for a new home by next March.  If anyone deserves a bit of help to rebuild a home, it’s the people... read more...


Time for National Cabinet to help homeless Aussies

Two hundred and sixty people are turned away from homeless services every single day, according to a report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released today.   The number of people trying to access special homelessness services has increased by 3000 in the... read more...


HomeBuilder patch up job not enough to save tradies' jobs

After repeated calls from Labor, the Government today has finally announced changes to its flawed HomeBuilder Scheme. For months we have said the scheme is too small and needs to be extended.  We also called for the price cap in cities like Sydney to be lifted and the time... read more...


Linda Scott elected President of Australian Local Government Association

Labor congratulates Linda Scott on her election as President of the Australian Local Government Association. Linda brings with her a wealth of experience. She has served as Vice President of the Australian Local Government Association since 2018, been a Councillor on the... read more...


Minister flags changes to HomeBuilder

Yesterday in Parliament, Labor called on the Minister for Housing to extend and fix the HomeBuilder Scheme. This includes lifting the price cap for new homes in places like Sydney.   Sydneysiders aren’t getting their fair share from this scheme at this moment. New South Wales... read more...