Community tick for Labor’s housing promise

Community groups believe Labor’s plan to pour $6.6 billion into 250,000 new affordable rental homes is a good start to addressing spiralling rents.

But the coalition says the last time Labor tried this idea it helped dodgy investors build tiny apartments rather than good-sized family homes.

Community Housing Industry Association chief executive PETA Winzar welcomed a long-term plan to address affordable housing shortages, while the Australian Council of Social Services said the 25,000 homes a year was a good start.

But Social Services Minister Paul Fletcher said a similar program under Kevin Rudd had been full of holes.

“The incentive is the same for a one bedroom unit or a four bedroom house – so the scheme has discouraged the construction of bigger houses for families in need,” Mr Fletcher said.

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Source: Western Advocate