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Issue #1909      March 30, 2020

URGENT: WE NEED TO PRESSURE THE GOVERNMENT TO PUT A FREEZE ON RENT AND MORTGAGES

Members of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) are calling on the members of parliament to make the correct decision tonight (25/03/2020) in order to protect people’s housing and health during COVID-19 health crisis.

As the government discusses its decision on housing during COVID-19, the CPA is asking it to make the right decision and to implement the three demands in our statement. (Guardian, “Communist Party of Australia CC Statement”, #1908, 23/03/2020)

STATEMENT ON THE QUESTION OF HOUSING, RENT AND MORTGAGE DURING COVID-19:

It is of upmost importance that during COVID-19 there are safe and secure measures to prioritise and protect public health with no one left behind. The CPA wishes to urge the government to implement the three demands listed below. We believe that by protecting people’s housing and finances, we help protect public health by relieving the pressures that force people to break social distancing and self-isolation.

We demand that the government take action using state of emergency powers and achieve the following:

  • A total rent freeze during the COVID-19 health crisis so that nobody is evicted, experience financial pressure or force themselves to risk their health and that others by breaking social distancing or self-isolation or quarantine.
  • A total freeze on mortgage payments and interest. This is to ensure that nobody is left with increased debt during COVID-19 and again so that nobody puts themselves in a hazardous position to make mortgage payments.
  • Emergency housing for Australians who are already in insecure housing or on the streets. Any empty housing units or hotel accommodation should be temporarily seized under the control of the state to house people who are at risk of spreading and contracting COVID-19 due to insecure housing and inability to maintain social distancing, self-isolation or self-quarantine because of this.

In solidarity,

Andrew Irving
Communist Party of Australia
Victorian Branch

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