Housing

Public housing tenants, housing co-operative activists and renters protested outside the NSW parliament to demand relief for residential renters, reports Rachel Evans.

In this episode of "Lockdown: Coronavirus, capitalism and solidarity", Zebedee Parkes takes a look at housing during the coronavirus crisis and talks about what the left could be putting forward.

 

As millions of households have been told to negotiate with their landlords for a rent reduction, groups are getting organised to demand state governments help residential renters, writes Jacob Andrewartha.

“We’re all in this together” is the refrain from governments. Trouble is, the rhetoric does not match reality and renters’ rights are being trampled, writes Pip Hinman.

A large section of the population — renters — has been left to fend for themselves in the coronavirus crisis, writes Pip Hinman.

Homelessness is often seen as the result of personal factors. But, according to Peter Mares, author of No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia's Housing Crisis, homelessness and housing stress are systemic problems as the housing market is not providing for people's needs.

The Mascot Towers debacle in inner-southern Sydney is a clear sign of the deep and many-sided housing crisis facing the city.

Residents in the 10-year-old, 122-apartment block were left without homes on June 14 after being evacuated due to widening cracks in the building's foundations. It has been alleged that the cracks could be related to impacts from the construction of a nearby apartment building.

Susan Price is the Socialist Alliance candidate for the seat of Parramatta in the March 23 NSW state election. She has been an active unionist and socialist for more than 20 years. Green Left Weekly’s Jim McIlroy asked Price about the Socialist Alliance election campaign, its aims and policies.

As the housing affordability crisis in Australia grinds on, it is worth remembering that this debacle is no accident: it is the inevitable and intended outcome of decades of Coalition and Labor government policy, at both the state and federal level.

As housing unaffordability becomes an increasingly critical social issue in Australia, it is perverse to find that most MPs own two or more homes.

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