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Housing Minister fudges the figures again as housing crisis continues

  • Housing Minister keeps moving the numbers because he knows he won’t reach his own target
  • Housing Tasmania’s most vulnerable a low priority for Hodgman Liberal Government
  • Targets for new houses and units going backwards

The Hodgman Liberal Government will not deliver on its commitments or reach its targets to tackle Tasmania’s housing crisis, with Housing Minister Roger Jaensch today – again – attempting to fudge the figures.

Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie said Tasmanians could have no confidence the housing crisis would be addressed in the current term of government with Mr Jaensch continually altering target numbers and using slippery language in the release of his quarterly housing report today.

“In the March quarter the Housing Minister was committed to 430 new social housing dwellings,” Mr Willie said.

“Today, in the revised September quarter target, the number of new social housing dwellings has decreased to 372.

“In March, Mr Jaensch committed to 179 new supported units and 35 units for people at risk of homelessness.

“Today that figure has been revised down to 150 new units.

“In the Parliament in June, Mr Jaensch committed to 900 new homes by the end of June 2019 and today he is talking about 941 “lots”and homes.

“These figures demonstrate that the Housing Minister is not going to deliver his commitments or reach his targets.

“This is yet another glaring example of a government that would say anything to get elected only to then blatantly renege on its promises.”

Josh Willie MLC
Shadow Minister for Housing