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Notice given 29 March 2006

Senator Carr: To move—That—

(a) the Senate recognises that secure and affordable housing provides a platform for social inclusion, good mental and physical health and participation in employment, education and training; and

(b) the following matter be referred to the Community Affairs References Committee for inquiry and report by 29 November 2006:

An examination of the housing needs of low and middle income households across Australia, whether those needs are being met and options for improving outcomes, including:

(i) the capacity of the Commonwealth Government to influence the price and availability of housing,

(ii) the effectiveness and efficiency of existing forms of direct government rental housing assistance in alleviating housing stress and ensuring that Australians have access to affordable, secure and appropriately located housing, with particular reference to:

( a ) the effectiveness of Commonwealth rent assistance in improving affordable access to the private rental market,

( b ) the intent and effect of the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement, and

( c ) the evidence from Australia and overseas on the relative cost-effectiveness of different forms of direct housing assistance,

(iii) the potential for attracting private investment into affordable rental housing,

 

 (iv) recent changes in the shape of the private housing market and their impact on home ownership, rental affordability and housing security, with particular reference to:

( a ) trends in the proportion of Australian households that own their home outright, those that own their home with a mortgage and those that rent,

( b ) the potential for intergenerational inequity as a result of sustained low levels of home ownership affordability,

( c ) the availability and effects of government subsidies and loan financing schemes and possible alternative approaches to government support for home ownership, and

( d ) the benefits and risks associated with new financial instruments, including shared equity and reverse mortgage products, and

(v) the specific issues faced by Indigenous households and communities.

Business of the Senate—Orders of the Day

Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on Australia’s national parks.

Community Affairs—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Private Health Insurance Bill 2006 and 6 related bills. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Airspace Bill 2006 and the Airspace (Consequentials and Other Measures) Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport—Standing Committee

Report to be presented on the provisions of the Airports Amendment Bill 2006. ( Referred pursuant to Selection of Bills Committee report .)

Government Business—Orders of the Day

Airspace Bill 2006

Airspace (Consequentials and Other Measures) Bill 2006— ( Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Administration, Senator Colbeck )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Colbeck, 6 February 2007 ).

 

 *2  Private Health Insurance Bill 2006

Private Health Insurance (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2006

Private Health Insurance (Prostheses Application and Listing Fees) Bill 2006

Private Health Insurance (Collapsed Organization Levy) Amendment Bill 2006

Private Health Insurance Complaints Levy Amendment Bill 2006

Private Health Insurance (Council Administration Levy) Amendment Bill 2006

Private Health Insurance (Reinsurance Trust Fund Levy) Amendment Bill 2006— ( Minister for Community Services, Senator Scullion )

Second reading—Adjourned debate ( adjourned, Senator Scullion, 26 February 2007 ).

On 1 March 2007

Business of the Senate—Notices of Motion