The Senate report released on Housing Affordability serves as a timely reminder that this issue doesn't only impact young couples looking to buy their first home. Think about the divorce rate and those unfortunate family breakdowns that split one household that may already be struggling to provide a home for the family, into two. We also need to consider how to ensure that those who do not have the ability to 'get a good job' due to personal circumstances, still have the right to the sense of security that comes from having a home. Co-operation at all levels of Government is required to up the supply of housing and address this issue.
This housing affordability crisis, which has largely been manufactured by federal government policy failure, affects not only young households seeking to buy their first home, but also older women affected by divorce and widowhood, women and children victims of domestic violence, and most people with physical and mental disabilities. In other words, this affordable housing crisis affects most of us, whether the Treasurer approves of our jobs and life circumstances or not.