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Monday, 29 February 2016
Page: 1318

Senator LUDLAM (Western AustraliaCo-Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens) (15:56): Mr Deputy President, I also seek leave to make a short statement.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: Leave has been granted for one minute.

Senator LUDLAM: Senator Ryan, I acknowledge that this motion is somewhat tongue in cheek but the issue is extraordinarily serious. Senator Ryan has just done a game on his colleagues in the other place from the Prime Minister down. Any time questions around concessions for housing, housing affordability or homelessness—any of the issues that the opposition have raised and any of the issues the Greens have raised—are brought to the floor of this chamber or the other you step up for investors—families, mums and dads, but always for investors. You have no way of seeing the situation through the eyes of people who are homeless or renting, the entire generation who have been priced out of affordable housing. You just did it again, Senator Ryan. You had a perfect opportunity to tell us that you actually care about housing affordability and that you intend to do something about it, but you will not and that is why you are losing this debate. It is time you told us what your plans are for housing affordability.

The DEPUTY PRESIDENT: The question is that general business notice of motion No. 1050 be agreed to.