Last night’s revelation in Senate Estimates that just 24,000 people have registered for Labor’s First Home Saver Accounts - despite the former housing minister boasting that 730,000 would be opened over four years – is another glaring example of Labor’s failure on housing affordability.
Senator Marise Payne, Shadow Minister for COAG, said the Rudd-Gillard Government’s plans for dedicated freight routes will never come to fruition until Labor addresses the overdue COAG reform to harmonise state transport regulations.
Julia Gillard’s speech on Closing the Gap on Indigenous Disadvantage is another example of Labor’s all-talk, no-results approach to government, said Senator Marise Payne, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Development and Employment and Senator Nigel Scullion, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs.
Senator Marise Payne, Shadow Minister for COAG, has welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s calls to streamline the COAG process and focus on four reform themes, urging the PM to follow up the positive talk with action.
Senator Marise Payne, Shadow Minister for COAG, has called on the Rudd-Gillard Government to provide some assurance to stakeholders that progress on key reforms will be kick-started at the 14 February meeting of COAG.
When it comes to waste and mismanagement, Julia Gillard’s Building the Education Revolution debacle is recognised as the gold standard, but it has a new challenger in the form of the Labor government’s Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP).
“The Coalition has been increasingly concerned with Labor’s neglect of the housing industry and of key issues affecting Australian families, such as housing affordability and supply. Revelations in today’s Australian confirm just how out of touch and arrogant Labor has become, with confirmation that the government has not even contacted the Real Estate Institute of Australia since forming government” said Kevin Andrews.
Today’s ABS December quarter inflation figures show that Labor’s excessive spending continues to put pressure on the cost of living for renters and homeowners, with rents and utility costs rising well above the general rate of inflation in 2010.
Labor’s failure to provide adequate land for development and affordable rental housing is causing more pain for prospective homebuyers and renters, said Shadow Minister for Housing, Senator Marise Payne.
The Rudd-Gillard Government’s extension of the Community Development Employment Project (CDEP) is yet another example of the indecision and inertia that has plagued the government’s approach to Indigenous affairs, said Senator Marise Payne, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Development and Employment and Senator Nigel Scullion, Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs.