Who doesn't benefit from negative gearing? Affordable Housing Inquiry and reform agenda. And gearing up to get More Bang For Your Bond.
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Every month we provide you with news, policy analysis and other articles of interest to tenants and community workers - like the articles below. Now we can proudly say that our well respected blog, The Brown Couch, has been selected to be preserved in the National Library of Australia's PANDORA Archive. The archive preserves a selection of 'significant Australian websites' of 'long-term research value'.

Who doesn't benefit from negative gearing?

The media has been all a-flutter about negative gearing. Following the release of the Australian Government's 're:think' tax discussion paper the controversial tax break has become a popular topic of conversation again. On our blog, we ask the question, who doesn't benefit from negative gearing? If you're interested in this topic, we also recommend ABC Fact Check's investigation of the Treasurer's claim that rents would increase if negative gearing were to be abolished (SPOLIER - it doesn't stack up). There's also this good long-read from Mike Seccombe at The Saturday Paper, Negative gearing's social carnage on low-income earners.

Senate's Affordable Housing Inquiry reports

A couple of weeks ago the Senate Economic References Committee released its report on the Affordable Housing Inquiry, and its a doozy. The Committee has made a number of recommendations that have made us very, very happy - at least in this one brief moment. There are 40 recommendations in total, but we've managed to identify our top five... Read more.

Affordable Housing Reform Agenda launched

A few weeks ago our colleagues at ACOSS, National Shelter, Homelessness Australia, the Community Housing Federation of Australia and the National Association of Tenant Organisations launched 'An Affordable Housing Reform Agenda' at Parliament House in Canberra. The agenda addresses Federal and State tax reform for improved affordability, subsidies for affordable rental housing, funding for homeless services, urban planning, Rent Assistance and tenancy reform. Download a summary or the full paper for the Affordable Housing Reform Agenda.

More Bang For Your Bond – gearing up!

With your support, the campaign to get More Bang For Your Bond has achieved some impressive milestones: This is a really solid foundation for the More Bang For Your Bond campaign. But in order to win, we need to show there's even more support!
 
We're going to present the petition and postcards to parliament during the current parliamentary session. We're still finalising a date but we expect it to be sometime in June - so there's not much time to maximise impact!

Can you help us reach 500 online signatures and 500 signed postcards, and get another 15 Members of Parliament to support the campaign between now and then?
Here's what we need you to do: ask your friends, colleagues, clients and neighbours to sign a postcard and the online petition. If you'd like some postcards to distribute, just email us. Or forward this email to a friend or share posts from our Facebook. Better yet, get in touch with your newly elected MP by email or phone, and ask them to support the campaign.

And stay tuned for our presentation to parliament!
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