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Housing crisis hurting Tasmania’s economy

·         Report: Liberals failure to invest holding back our economy

·         Jaensch failing to meet housing targets

·         Renting in Hobart now costs more than Melbourne

The Hodgman Government’s failure to invest in housing is hurting the economy.

Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said the latest Deloitte Access Economics Business Outlook report laid out in black and white the Liberals’ failure to manage growth.

“Unless enough new housing is built then prices will continue to outpace those of Sydney and Melbourne and potentially choke off some of the better population news of recent times.”

Ms Standen said Housing Minister Roger Jaensch had built only 281 of his own target of 900 new homes by the end of June.

“Inaction from the Liberals means more Tasmanians than ever are unable to afford to rent or buy a home and homelessness is increasing,” Ms Standen said.

“We know the Liberals’ failure to invest in housing has hurt people but it’s also putting a handbrake on Tasmania’s economy.

“For the first time, it costs more to rent a house in Hobart than it does in Melbourne in absolute terms.

“Public housing waiting times are atrocious and the waiting lists are not getting any shorter.

“On any given night 1,600 Tasmanians are homeless and many other families are couch surfing, relying on their friends and families or living in sheds, cars or tents.

“Labor called for an urgent Parliamentary Inquiry into Tasmania’s Housing Crisis in State Parliament last week.

“The inquiry will focus on the key issues that have led to an unprecedented point of crisis.

“Importantly, it will gather evidence from affected Tasmanians and key organisations and help to inform policies that will make a substantial difference to the lives of people in housing stress.”

Click here for Labor’s terms of refererence for the inquiry.

Alison Standen MP
Shadow Housing Minister