On the 19th of June I gave a speech about what it's like to be a renter in Australia (one of the worst places in the developed world to be a renter) and the experience of VERY few politicians in Canberra.
I’ve been a renter my entire adult life.
I know what it’s like to cop an unfair rent increase
I know what’s like to ask for basic repairs and get evicted as a result
I know what it's like to lose a home you thought you could live in for years.
And frankly I’ve had it easy
But there are millions out there right now having to choose between paying the rent or or feed themselves or their kids
And those are the people the Greens are fighting for.
For the pensioner who knows their one rent increase away from living on the streets.
For the family who has to take their kids out of the local school because they can longer afford to live in the local area.
Those are the people Labor wants to leave behind.
Labor is pretending there is absolutely nothing they can do about it. Lying to the Australian public and throwing millions of renters under the bus.
The reason the Greens are fighting so hard to limit rent increases is because unless we stop rents skyrocketing the queues for public housing will blow out and our chances of tackling this crisis will drop to zero.
If Labor doesn’t act now, they’ll doom millions to a life of poverty and stress.