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17        Social Issues— COVID-19—Australia’s housing system

Senator Faruqi, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 699—That the Senate—

(a)              notes that:

(i)                    the COVID-19 crisis has further exposed existing inequalities in our broken housing system,

(ii)                  renters across Australia face eviction as COVID-19 related eviction bans come to an end across states and territories, and

(iii)                as the economic crisis continues, more people are at risk of homelessness than ever before;

(b)              calls on the Government to:

(i)                    increase funding for emergency housing,

(ii)                  invest in building more public and community housing, which will create construction jobs and apprenticeships, and provide homes for people,

(iii)                direct lenders to implement mortgage relief, where needed, with no interest accrual, a ban on foreclosures and a freeze on owners’ credit ratings,

(iv)                permanently increase income support, and

(v)                  implement a national plan to end homelessness; and 

(c)              calls on the National Cabinet to:

(i)                    implement waivers for rent arrears, with relief for those with rental debts, and 

(ii)                  agree on a national standard of renters’ rights and rental laws to protect people from unfair evictions.

Statements by leave : The Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries (Senator Duniam) and Senator Gallagher, by leave, made statements relating to the motion.

Question put.

The Senate divided—

AYES, 8

Senators—

Di Natale

Hanson-Young

Rice

Waters

Faruqi

McKim

Siewert*

Whish-Wilson

 

 

NOES, 39

Senators—

Antic

Davey

McDonald

Ryan

Askew

Duniam

McGrath

Scarr

Ayres

Fierravanti-Wells

McKenzie

Seselja

Bilyk

Gallagher

McLachlan

Sheldon

Brockman

Green

Molan

Smith, Dean

Canavan

Henderson

O’Sullivan

Stoker

Chandler

Hughes

Paterson

Urquhart*

Ciccone

Hume

Patrick

Van

Colbeck

Lambie

Rennick

Watt

Cormann

McCarthy

Ruston

 

* Tellers

Question negatived.