States blamed for lack of housing
A GROUP of senators, including three crossbenchers, has tried to lay the blame for Australia's shortage of housing supply at the feet of state governments.
Crossbenchers David Leyonhjelm, John Madigan and Bob Day were joined by Nationals Matt Canavan, Barry O'Sullivan and Bridget McKenzie on Wednesday in putting a notice for a motion on land supply.
The senators called on the Upper House to endorse the motion, which questioned the "restriction of land for new housing and subsequent pricing policies by state and territory land management agencies".
The motion also urged the Senate to endorse a statement that such policies highlighted "the constraints on land supply which are the principal causes of worsening housing affordability".
Labor and the Greens opposed the motion but it was passed with the support of the government.
The move came only days after government senators rejected a Senate inquiry report on housing affordability that called on the Abbott government for leadership on the issue, and as a government-majority House committee launched its own inquiry on home ownership.