Housing in Melbourne is baked and the Victorian government has just made it worse

David lives in North Melbourne with four housemates. He loves his rented townhouse and his housemates, but says he is disappointed that the ‘Australian dream’ of home ownership continues to grow further and further out of reach.

“I don’t know anyone my age who was able to buy a house without a large sum of money from their parents. It’s just not an option for many of us.

“For me, I don’t have a mum, dad or grandparents to turn to for money, a loan or a guarantee, which makes buying a house in the city virtually impossible. region, even with a good job and a stable income,” he said.

David also worries about the constant threat of rising rents and the landlord selling his house, which would force him and his roommates to move.

“Tenants have so few rights. Everything is stacked in favor of the owners.

This is something I hear constantly from young people in inner-city Melbourne. They are stressed about whether they will ever be able to afford a home or even stay above rent payments while managing stagnating wages and soaring costs of living.

On top of that, they worry about whether it’s worth trying to plan for the future with the threat of worsening weather events due to climate change looming over our heads.

It breaks my heart to hear how stressful this causes young people. As an MP, I have always fought to make housing fairer. Just recently, in the run up to the announcement of the Victorian Budget 2022/23, my fellow Greens and I lobbied for the state government to make this the budget that properly addresses housing affordability.

We called for big investment in social housing, a policy of capping rent increases and an end to unfair tax breaks for wealthy investors and property developers.

We were really disappointed that the government decided not to deal with these issues, instead of cutting the budget of many homeless services. The government also recently dropped its “social housing tax” after a panic campaign led by the wealthy property developer lobby. It was a small levy on property developers that would have been used to build more public and social housing, but Labor abandoned it.

There was also no relief for tenants in this budget, although comparable countries around the world are doing far more to help long-term tenants afford to stay in their homes through policies such as the ceiling on rent increases.

This year is a state election year, and we will use this year to keep up the pressure on both sides of politics to make housing fairer and fight the climate and extinction crises, so all young people can have a future to look forward to. With more Greens in Parliament, we can push state government further and faster on big issues.

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