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Thursday, 12 December 2013
Page: 1596

Senator McLUCAS (Queensland) (12:02): I note that there was an error on the red. The Notice Paper is accurate. I move:

That the following matter be referred to the Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 16 July 2014:

Affordable housing, including the following matters;

(a) the role of all levels of government in facilitating affordable home ownership and affordable private rental, including:

(i) the effect of policies designed to encourage home ownership and residential property investment,

(ii) the taxes and levies imposed by state and territory governments,

(iii) the effect of policies designed to increase housing supply,

(iv) the operation, effect and future of the National Rental Affordability Scheme,

(v) the regulatory structures governing the roles of financial institutions and superannuation funds in the home lending and property sectors, and

(vi) the operation and effectiveness of rent and housing assistance programs;

(b) the impacts, including social implications, of public and social housing policies on housing affordability and the role of all levels of government in providing public and social housing;

(c) the impact of Commonwealth, state and territory government policies and programs on homelessness;

(d) the contribution of home ownership to retirement incomes;

(e) the implications for other related changes to Commonwealth government policies and programs, including taxation policy, aged care, disability services, Indigenous affairs and for state and territory governments;

(f) the need to develop improved overview and accountability mechanisms in relation to Commonwealth grants and funding to the states and territories in order to ensure that public funding delivers outcomes consistent with Commonwealth objectives;

(g) planning and policies that will ensure that women, particularly vulnerable women, have access to secure, appropriate, affordable and adaptable accommodation;

(h) planning and policies that will ensure emergency and essential service workers have access to affordable housing close to where they work;

(i) planning and policies that will ensure the availability of an appropriately skilled workforce; and

(j) any other matters the committee considers relevant.