In a press conference, Australia’s Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese and Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Jason Clare spoke on the issues surrounding rent freezes, real-estate agents and Australian airlines.
Calling for clarity on how renters will be protected with the eviction moratorium, the Opposition Leader also spoke on the issues surrounding realestate agents adding pressure on tenants.
Covering reports of agents advising renters to access their super should they have difficulty paying rent, Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness Jason Clare says that this is not only inappropriate financial advice, it is bad advice.
Further stating that The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) have warned realestate agents to not provide financial advice.
The concern surrounds individuals who are already in the lower income range dipping into their super who will be worse off upon retirement, as well as for the Superannuation industry who may be forced to sell assets from the bottom of the market.
They also noted a case in Queensland where a woman with flu-like symptoms was asked to leave her house by her realestate agent, so that the property could be showcased to a prospective tenant.
They also encouraged other States and Territories to follow the ACT Government who is currently providing tax cuts for landlords who provide rent cuts for tenants.
The Opposition Leader also spoke on the issues surrounding potentially only having one airline system, with both Qantas and Virgin requiring Government support.
Stating that with one airline, there is a guarantee of higher prices and less routes, particularly in regional Australia.
The Opposition Leader says that his view has not changed since he was the Transport Minister in that any support provided should be in return to equity.
Further warning that if Virgin disappears it won’t be replaced in the near future.
The Opposition Leader also confirmed that MP wages have been frozen by the independently acting Remuneration Tribunal.
More to come.
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