Fighting for affordable housing for all

"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned." - Maya Angelou

Affordable housing is a right for all Western Australians. 

Lynn is working hard in Parliament toward the elimination of housing-related poverty and to ensure that all West Australians have access to adequate, safe, secure, sustainable and affordable housing.

This requires an investment in public and community housing throughout the community to ensure its social and economic viability.

Housing affordability should be measured to account for the full cost of living in a particular place - including energy and transport costs as well as access to services and employment.

It is the government’s responsibility to provide sufficient public and community housing to meet the current need and projected demand.  

This includes a mix of affordable options, including private rental housing, community housing, public housing and shared equity with social housing providers. 

Lynn is fighting to ensure that public housing waiting lists have minimal waiting times, for an increased provision of emergency accommodation and transitional housing for people in need as well as greater diversity in housing to meet the accessibility needs of changing demographics.

In addition, the existing subsidies and incentives for property investment in Western Australia should be reviewed with a view to guarantee housing affordability across all tenure types. 

This includes improved legal security of tenure and reduced discrimination. 

Lynn supports the design for maximum energy efficiency meeting or exceeding a national six-star rating. 

Urban design and housing efficiency standards are increasingly important, as are reforming existing incentives and tax structures to more effectively support housing affordability for lower and middle income Australians.


"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action." - Mother Teresa



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  • All Australians to have access to adequate, safe, secure and affordable housing,
  • the housing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to be met as a matter of urgency and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to have access to adequate, secure, well-maintained, safe and culturally appropriate long-term housing, wherever they live,
  • elimination of housing-related poverty,
  • increased government investment in public and social housing,
  • housing affordability to be measured to account for the full cost of living in a particular place, including energy and transport costs,
  • local and State planning rules to ensure that affordable housing is available close to jobs, schools and other essential services,
  • improved legal security of tenure and an end to discrimination,


  • increased infill targets to provide sustainable, high quality, higher density housing along public transport corridors. Strong governance and design frameworks in place to transform these corridors back to ‘high streets’ which are attractive options for people to live and work in,
  • housing incentives and subsidies to deliver improved access to affordable housing for lower income households, and reduced competition between home buyers and speculative investors,
  • introduction of minimum standards in tenancy law to ensure public and private renters enjoy greater rights, comfort, physical security, and sustainability such as water and energy efficiency,
  • reduction in the total environmental impact of housing, during construction, throughout the life of the building and in demolition and rebuilding,
  • revenue generated through the sale of public housing to be reinvested into increasing the supply of new public housing.


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Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC - Member for South Metropolitan Region Legislative Council, Parliament of Western Australia