Title HVP No 104 - 26 March 2018
Federation Chamber
Database House Votes and Proceedings
Date 26-03-2018
Source House of Reps
Number 104
Page 1459
Status Final
Federation Chamber / Main Committee yes
System Id chamber/votes/9fb339a0-7bdc-4b61-80a5-cf0230b6fa9d/0060

HVP No 104 - 26 March 2018 - Federation Chamber - 10 NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP ON REMOTE HOUSING

   10   National Partnership on Remote Housing

Ms Burney, pursuant to notice, moved—That this House:

(1)        observes:

(a)        the National Partnership on Remote Housing (NPRH) is an agreement between the Australian Government and state/territory governments to deliver new and refurbished housing for remote and Indigenous communities; and

(b)        that the NPRH agreement is due to expire on 30 June 2018;

(2)        recognises that:

(a)        over the last ten years, the NPRH has delivered in Queensland almost 1,150 new homes and 1,500 refurbished homes;

(b)        the Australian Government’s independent review into the partnership has highlighted the achievements of the Queensland Government;

(c)        this program has built upon the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander councils who, along with Indigenous businesses now deliver 80 per cent of housing construction and repairs; and

(d)        nationally, an additional 5,500 homes are required by 2028 to account for population growth and to continue to reduce overcrowding;

(3)        acknowledges that:

(a)        without continued funding, loss of hundreds of local jobs and apprenticeships will occur;

(b)        without funding, significant levels of violence—domestic and otherwise—will arise from overcrowded living conditions in some of the communities; and

(c)        secure housing is a key element of the Australian Government’s priority of ‘Closing the Gap’ responsibilities; and

(4)        calls on the Australian Government to:

(a)        urgently restore commitment to this program, in order to reduce overcrowding in discrete and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, through building new dwellings and continuing to maintain and refurbish existing dwellings; and

(b)        commit to a ten-year continuation of Commonwealth funding in real terms, matching the same level as provided over the last ten years.

Debate ensued.

Debate adjourned, and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for the next sitting.