Free Forum: Why Not Give Everyone A Home?

What would it look like to guarantee everyone in Australia a home? You’ve heard of a universal basic income. We guarantee everyone access to free or affordable healthcare and free public education. So why not housing? 

Join Senator Lee Rhiannon (Greens federal Housing spokesperson), Larissa Waters (lead senate candidate for the Greens), Jonathan Sri (Councillor for the Gabba Ward) and Max Chandler-Mather (Greens candidate for Griffith) for a panel discussion about the concept of universal social housing and how it would be implemented in Australia. 

The Australian housing market is broken. There are more vacant apartments than homeless people. One in five Queenslanders struggle to pay the rent or mortgage and an entire generation are locked out of stable and secure housing - but all the while property developers make billions of dollars in profit - trampling communities along the way. In a race to create profits for a wealthy few governments have forgotten what housing is about - making sure everyone has a comfortable and affordable place to call home. 

So rather than rely on a broken private market, why not build well-designed, sustainable, comfortable and affordable homes for everyone? In other words, universal social housing. Believe it or not, it’s already been done in places like Vienna and the Netherlands. In fact in the 1950s and 60s Australia did something similar, building thousands of social homes for everyone that needed one. 

Right now in Australia social housing is underfunded, thousands of people are on waiting lists (sometimes for 10 years), and access is restricted to only the most vulnerable. But it doesn’t have to be like this. 

Is it time for a universal basic income for housing? 

Join Larissa Waters (lead senate candidate for the Greens), Lee Rhiannon (Greens federal Housing spokesperson), Jonathan Sri (Councillor for the Gabba Ward) and Max Chandler-Mather (Greens candidate for Griffith) for a panel discussion about the concept of universal social housing and how it would be implemented in Australia.

  • July 10, 2018 at 6pm – 9pm
  • West End Uniting Church
    111 Vulture St
    West End, Queensland 4101
    Australia
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  • Liam Flenady

    0421762963

Will you come?