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Liberals still failing Tasmanians on housing

Written by on September 17, 2020

  • Government
    delivers just five of 80 promised social housing homes
  • Public
    housing waiting list has blown out under Liberals’ watch
  • Government
    must get on with building affordable and social housing

The
Liberal government continues to fail struggling Tasmanians with its inability
to deliver promised affordable and social housing.

Shadow
Housing Minister Alison Standen said, despite the government’s continual announcements,
it has made little headway on the state’s housing crisis.

“It
is now more than a year since agreement was reached to waive Tasmania’s
historic Commonwealth State Housing Agreement debt,” Ms Standen said.

“At
the time, the Housing
Minister promised another 80 homes
would be delivered each year for people
on social housing waiting list across Tasmania.

“And
yet, the most recent quarterly
housing report
showed just five new social housing homes have been funded
through the debt waiver. Not 80 – just five.

“Roger
Jaensch has a fine record of announcements, but there is no record of delivery
to back it up.

“The
number of people on the waiting list for public housing has blown out to 3600
people on his watch, with a 64 per cent blowout in the waiting list since the
Liberals took office.

“It
is beyond time that the government fixed this mess and provided the affordable
and social housing struggling Tasmanians need.

“Labor’s Housing Works policy,
which is an important part of our COVID-19
Recovery Package
, would fast track the building of 490 affordable homes and
deliver 550 new jobs including 75 apprenticeships during the construction
phase.

“By adopting Labor’s policy, the government can start delivering on its promises to help the growing number of Tasmanians facing homelessness and help build Tasmania out of recession.”

Alison Standen MP
Shadow Housing Minister

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