Queensland is in the midst of a housing crisis.
Every Queenslander needs access to a secure, sustainable, and affordable home, but this is becoming an increasingly unachievable basic right. Families across the state are sleeping rough or struggling to afford the roof above their heads.
Vacancy rates are below 1% in regions across Queensland. Rent and housing prices are at an all-time high and increasing at an alarming rate while wages stagnate, the lowest wage increases in 20 years.
The waiting list for social housing has increased to nearly 50,000 people, and is only continuing to grow.
Emergency housing services are underfunded and almost non-existent in some places. At least 33% of Queensland households are under housing stress, struggling to pay their rents or mortgages.
Neighbourhood centres, domestic violence services and refugee support networks are struggling to meet demand, and lines for food banks are growing.
Here's what I'm fighting for:
- An emergency rent freeze, to help working families afford somewhere to live
- A levy on Empty Homes, to bring homes that are being left vacant onto the market
- Inclusionary zoning, requiring developers to build social housing
- Regulation on short-term accommodation, to prioritise getting Queenslanders a long-term home in this crisis
- Hundreds of thousands of beautiful public homes
You can click on the relevant topic to read more details about what I'm pushing for. You can also make a quick submission on my two-year emergency rent freeze bill that is before Queensland Parliament now here. The parliamentary committee investigating my rent freeze bill is taking submissions until the end of October, and we need renters and owner-occupiers to tell the government why we need skyrocketing rent rises to stop.
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