Media Releases by The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP

Senate report supports housing affordability initiatives

The Government welcomes today’s release of the Senate Select Committee on Housing Affordability in Australia report and the committee’s endorsement of several new Government initiatives to combat housing affordability. The bipartisan report highlights that there is currently a significant problem… Continue reading

Queen’s birthday 2008 honours list

165 outstanding women have been honoured in the 2008 Queen’s Birthday Honours. These women have been recognised by the community for their extraordinary service and are an inspiration to not only women and girls all over Australia, but to the… Continue reading

Australia moves to protect women’s rights

In another sign the Rudd Government is reengaging with the international community, steps have begun for Australia to accede to the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Attorney-General… Continue reading

Government Launches Homelessness Green Paper

The Australian Government today launched its Green Paper – Which Way Home? A new approach to homelessness. The Green Paper is a concrete step in developing a ten year plan for tackling homelessness. After 17 years of strong economic growth… Continue reading

$622.6 Million to Replenish Rental Property Stocks

The new National Rental Affordability Scheme will help create up to 50,000 new rental properties across Australia at a cost of $622.6 million over the first four years. Rising rents are putting working families under increasing financial pressure. The Government… Continue reading

$2.2 Billion to Tackle Housing Squeeze and Homelessness

The Australian Government is tackling housing affordability and homelessness with a Budget housing package investing $2.2 billion over the next four years on boosting rental stocks, helping people save for their first home, lowering housing construction costs and building new… Continue reading

Easing Pressure on Housing Affordability

The Australian Government has established a Housing Affordability Fund and will invest $512 million over the next five years to lower the cost of building new homes. The Government is committed to tackling housing affordability for working families and is… Continue reading

New Homes for the Homeless

The Australian Government will build 600 new homes for the homeless across the country with a $150 million total investment over the next five years. The funds will be used for the construction of new accommodation, spot purchases or the… Continue reading

National Housing Supply Council members announced

Tanya Plibersek, today welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of the eight members of the National Housing Supply Council. Ms Plibersek said: ‘This follows the announcement last week that Dr Owen Donald had been appointed as the first Chair of the… Continue reading

National Stop Domestic Violence Day

National Stop Domestic Violence Day is an opportunity to raise awareness about family and domestic violence and highlight the effects on victims and their families. National Stop Domestic Violence Day is a timely reminder for Australians about the reality of… Continue reading

National housing supply council chair announced

Tanya Plibersek, today announced the appointment of Dr Owen Donald as the inaugural Chair of the National Housing Supply Council. The work of the National Housing Supply Council will enable the Government to assess current and future demand for housing… Continue reading

Ms Entrepreneur illuminates women in business

Aspiring and established business women will benefit from the creation of an innovative multimedia resource launched today. The Rudd Government is supporting the Ms Entrepreneur initiative that showcases women in business through an annual magazine, television series, radio and podcast… Continue reading

$150M to build new homes for the homeless

As part of its commitment to tackle homelessness, the Australian Government today announced the allocation of $150 million to build 600 new homes for the homeless across the nation over the next five years. The A Place to Call Home… Continue reading

New Financial Literacy Fact Sheets for Women

A new Australian Government initiative will assist women who want to better manage their money. The Women Understanding Money fact sheets – published online today – are designed to help women of all ages and income levels improve their financial… Continue reading

Government Holds Homelessness Roundtable

The Rudd Government today brought together experts from across the country to discuss new approaches to addressing homelessness as part of a forum of key stakeholders in Sydney. Convened by Homelessness Australia, the forum comprised representatives from peak homelessness, health,… Continue reading

Therese Rein to be patron for homelessness services

The Australian Government today announced that Therese Rein has accepted the role as Patron of Common Ground Australia – a network of agencies seeking to deliver innovative homelessness services across the country. Ms Rein, who will accompany the Prime Minister… Continue reading

New Housing Institute Chair announced

The Australian Government today announced that Rod Fehring will be the new chair of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). AHURI is a national research organisation, specialising in policy relevant housing and urban research. It was established in… Continue reading