Everyone needs a home where they can feel secure, live comfortably and be part of the community.
With so many now locked out of home ownership, decent, affordable and secure long-term rental options are vital. Sadly, many people are experiencing housing stress and have no certainty about where they are going to be living in a year or even six months’ time. The ability for landlords to easily evict people without grounds causes great uncertainty and stress, especially for families with school-age children. Others live in a climate of fear of being evicted, discriminated against or “blacklisted” against if they speak up about urgent repairs or other issues with the property. Many have to make a heartbreaking choice between their beloved pets and having a place to live due to the lack of rental homes that allow pets.
The Greens are campaigning to fix the rules and give a fair go to renters.
Join this online discussion hosted by Mark Parnell, which will explore the issues experienced by people who rent in SA and the laws the Greens have proposed to address them.
ALL ARE WELCOME! However, numbers are limited so make sure you register early to secure your place.
Professor Emma Baker, University of Adelaide
Emma Baker is Professor of Housing Research at the University of Adelaide where she leads the Healthy Cities Research Group. Her research examines the cumulative effects of housing, environmental, locational and socioeconomic vulnerabilities on wellbeing. She is currently leading the construction of a national rental housing conditions dataset. Recent academic and policy publications include commissioned policy background papers for the planning and housing strategies, an analysis of the effects of cold housing on individual health, and papers analysing the cumulative influence of multiple housing problems on health and wellbeing.
Joel Dignam, Executive Director of Better Renting
Joel Dignam is the founder of Better Renting. He is a leading community organiser with broad experience in non-profits, unions, and electoral politics in Australia and the UK. Previously he worked as Network Organiser for Climate Action Network Australia, and he has also worked with United Voice and the Australian Youth Climate Coalition. He is a 2019 Churchill Fellow and the 2020 Gill Owen Scholar.
Cate Mussared, Chief of Staff to Mark Parnell MLC
Cate Mussared is Mark's long time Chief of Staff. Among other things, Cate is the architect of the Greens' Bills to reform the SA Residential Tenancies Act and is leading the Fair Go for Renters and Renting with Pets campaigns.