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Jaensch fails spectacularly on short stay and incentive scheme conflicts

  • Jaensch can’t or won’t answer important question on Cabinet Air BnB conflicts
  • Jaensch can’t or won’t answer serious questions on “incentive scheme” eligibility
  • New Minister shows he is out of his depth in critical services area

Serious questions about potential conflicts of interest by senior Hodgman Government Ministers over the deregulation of the short stay property market remain unanswered after a disastrous Question Time debut by new Minister Roger Jaensch today.

Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie said Mr Jaensch could not or would not answer questions about his colleague’s potential influence on the lack of regulation of the short stay sector.

Mr Willie said the new Housing Minister also failed to address serious questions about whether government MPs with investment properties would be eligible for the $13,000 incentive payment landlords were being encouraged to accept from the government to exit platforms such as Air BnB and Stayz.

“Mr Jaensch needs to explain if his colleagues Michael Ferguson and Jeremy Rockliff who own short stay properties declared a conflict of interest or excused themselves from any deliberations over the government’s decision not to apply greater regulation to the short stay industry,” Mr Willie said.

“But he couldn’t or wouldn’t when posed with these questions today and his performance was uninformed and bordering on incompetent.

“In early April Mr Jaensch left the door open to regulation but only hours later he was pulled into line with a government media statement saying there would in fact be no improved regulation.

“Was he gagged and who gagged him?

“Just as importantly, Tasmanians still have no information about the Hodgman Government’s half-baked “Private Rental Landlord Incentive Initiative” and central to that is if Mr Jaensch’s Liberal colleagues – many of whom have significant property portfolios – stand to benefit.”