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Homeless? Call 1800 says Jaensch

  • Jaensch and government have no answers to heartbreaking homeless stories
  • Jaensch promises can’t be trusted
  • Tasmanians trapped in housing and homelessness crisis not being heard

Housing Minister Roger Jaensch and Premier Hodgman have coldly dismissed the reality of the state’s housing crisis by advising Tasmanians facing homelessness to contact a 1800 number.

“Despite being confronted with the cold hard reality today on the floor of the Parliament of a young single mother of four facing the very real prospect of becoming homeless, the best Minister Roger Jaensch can come up with is to advise Tasmanians in this situation to dial a 1800 number,” Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said.

“That’s not only nowhere near good enough, it’s simply heartless.

“Premier Hodgman and Minister Jaensch know that the case of this young mother that Labor has highlighted today is not unique.

“Premier Hodgman and Minister Jaensch know that families are being ripped apart and are struggling to look after their children as they face homelessness.

“Premier Hodgman and Minister Jaensch have been presented with the terrible stories of Tasmanians living in shipping containers, under bridges and in their cars because the housing system is in crisis and they have done the bare minimum to address it.

“They have not acted, will continue not to act and additionally, a promise by Minister Jaensch today to bring forward $40 million is nothing more than an accounting trick designed to help a Minister who has simply not delivered.

“Yet again Minister Jaensch was unable today to confirm if he would deliver on his own target of 900 new homes by next month.

 “Tasmanians have heard this all before and the Hodgman Liberal Government has constantly failed to deliver.”

Alison Standen MP
Shadow Housing Minister