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Liberal Senator slams Hodgman Government’s plan for population growth

  • Jonathon Duniam calls for inquiry into population policy
  • Tasmanian families suffering as Liberals fail to act
  • There are less available social housing dwellings now than when Liberals took office

Senator Jonathon Duniam has criticised the Hodgman Liberal Government for its inability to plan for the population growth it is claiming responsibility for.

Citing “infrastructure issues”, Senator Duniam’s call for an inquiry into population policy in today’s Mercury makes it clear that the Hodgman Government has no plan to manage the growth of the state.

“Tasmanian families are suffering because of the mess the Liberals have made with essential infrastructure and housing. Many Tasmanians are couch surfing, living in friends’ garages, sleeping in tents or sleeping rough – while the Liberal Government advertises for Sydneysiders to move here,” Mr Willie said.

“Senator Duniam’s comments show that the Liberals have no plan for population growth – no plan for infrastructure, no plan for housing and no plan to fix the crisis in our hospitals.

“Housing Minister Roger Jaensch himself has admitted the government was caught napping when it comes to the housing crisis.

“The Hodgman Liberal Government makes bold claims but the fact is there are less available social housing dwellings than when they came to government. Add the impact on the private rental market of the Government’s deregulation and a lack of compliance for short stay accommodation, and the problems are significant.

“Until the Hodgman Liberal Government takes meaningful steps to plan for the future, there will be no relief in sight for Tasmanians who’ve been literally left out in the cold by this Liberal Government.”