Labor’s National Conference is happening in South Brisbane in August, and they need to hear the message loud and clear: freeze rent increases, cap rents and build public housing.
The housing crisis is fast escalating. 62% of renters are in financial stress and offered no protection from rising rents and evictions, while wait lists for social and affordable housing are rapidly growing longer. Yet, Labor is showing zero signs of taking it seriously.
We know this pressure works. After months of campaigning, the Greens have secured $2 billion in new funding for public and community housing. It’s a great start, but we urgently need Labor to take action for the one-third of Australians who rent, by coordinating a national freeze and cap on rent increases, and commit to $2.5 billion every year for public and affordable housing.
The Greens remain in negotiations with Labor on their separate Housing Australia Future Fund, which does nothing for renters and only spends $500 million a year from 2024/25.
The Greens want to negotiate with Labor to pass a housing plan that will actually start to tackle the housing crisis. We’ve said we will pass Labor’s HAFF plan if they agree to:
- $2.5 billion every year for public and genuinely affordable housing, after originally pushing $5 billion a year
- Coordinate a national freeze and cap on rent increases through National Cabinet, the same way the Prime Minister coordinated caps on energy prices
But to get Labor to come to the table, they need to see just how much community support there is for these demands.
Join us on Saturday morning to hear from people impacted by the housing crisis, and to tell Labor we need real & immediate action to tackle the scale of the housing crisis.