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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

National Cabinet needs to make sure homeless Aussies are not thrown back out on the street

One of the real success stories of the last few months is what has been done to help thousands of desperate Aussies sleeping rough in our parks and streets.   According to the last Census about 8,200 people sleep rough every night somewhere in Australia.    In the last few... read more...


Declaration of Independence took less time than Homebuilder application form

Today marks six weeks since the HomeBuilder Scheme was announced, and still only people in one state or territory – Tasmania - can apply. It shouldn’t take this long to develop an online application form.  The Declaration of Independence was written, debated, amended and... read more...


Biggest fall in new home loans in history

  For three months Labor has been telling the Government that the housing construction industry is about to go off a cliff.   The statistics released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics emphatically show that warning was correct.   New home loan commitments fell a... read more...


HomeBlunder: One Month On and Only One State Can Apply

It’s been one month since the HomeBuilder Scheme was announced by the Morrison Government and Australians in only one state or territory can apply for the $25,000 grant.   The Morrison Government failed to consult with states and territories before the HomeBuilder Scheme was... read more...


HomeBuilder: One month on and still no applications

  One month after the HomeBuilder Scheme was announced by the Morrison Government, and there is still no system in place for a single Australian to make an application to receive the grant. Households are expected to make large financial commitments ahead of the looming 31... read more...


Bushfire victims will be excluded from help to rebuild

  At least 750 families in Eden-Monaro had their homes burnt down over summer. Now, to add insult to injury, it looks like a lot of these families could miss out on a $25,000 grant to rebuild their homes that the Government is providing to other families.   People of... read more...


Morrison fails to expand First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

    The Morrison Government has once again ignored Labor’s calls to expand the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to help first home buyers build their first home and save the jobs of thousands of tradies.   The next round of the scheme opens today with 10,000 places for twelve... read more...


Housing approvals in freefall, apartment approvals down 34.9% and HomeBlunder won't fix it

  Australian Bureau of Statistics figures released today show residential building approvals in freefall.   Approvals for the building of units has collapsed - falling 34.9 per cent in May.   This means a big reduction in the construction of new apartments, and according to... read more...


Social Housing key to recovery: Grattan will the Government act now?

 For more than two months, Labor has called on the Morrison Government to fund the construction of more social housing and repair existing social housing to save the jobs of thousands of tradies in the housing construction industry.   A new report out today backs this call... read more...


Morrison must expand First Home Loan Deposit Scheme

  Labor has again called on the Morrison Government to expand the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme to help first home buyers build their first home and save the jobs of thousands of tradies.   The scheme’s 10,000 places were fully subscribed in five months during the first... read more...