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Hodgman Government finally admits it was wrong on short-stay accommodation

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The Hodgman Liberal Government has today admitted it got it wrong when it comes to short stay accommodation regulation in Tasmania.

Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie said Labor has been calling for the government to accept its responsibility to enforce compliance.

“The Liberals triumphantly deregulated the sharing economy to create a free for all which is limiting access to private rental properties,” Mr Willie said.

“What little regulation that’s left is not being effectively enforced.

“In fact the former Planning Minister Peter Gutwein said the policy he introduced was “a model for the rest of the country”.

“He claimed the government had introduced a policy that guaranteed certainty and safety.

“Today the Liberal Government has been forced into a monumental backflip as it finally admits it got it wrong.

“The government should apologise to Tasmanians who have become homeless because they deregulated short-stay accommodation.

“The Hodgman Liberal Government has done nothing for Tasmanians facing and experiencing homelessness and in fact, exacerbated this serious issue through its arrogant failure to regulate and enforce compliance.”

 

Josh Willie MLC
Shadow  Housing Minister