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Liberals insult homeless Tasmanians by refusing to show up for work tomorrow

Tasmania’s Parliament should have sat for an additional day to implement an urgent response to the housing and homelessness crisis.

Leader of Opposition Business David O’Byrne said it is an insult for homeless Tasmanians that the minority Liberal Government did not want to show up for work tomorrow to do their job.

Labor attempted to move a motion to force the Government into action earlier this week, which was blocked.

That is why Labor moved for a special sitting of the Parliament tomorrow to address the housing crisis.

“The worst of Tasmania’s winter will be over before Tasmania’s Parliament sits again,” Mr O’Byrne said.

“Yet the Liberals are unprepared to work with the Parliament to respond to Tasmanians in need.

“Winter is already upon us and about 1600 Tasmanians are sleeping rough every night.

“The Minister has shown no urgency to take on the housing and homelessness crisis, he needs to be forced into action.

“It is disappointing that after the Member for Clark Sue Hickey’s calls for action, Labor’s move for an additional sitting day has not been supported.

“In a typical panicked reaction, the Liberals were forced to invite Labor to their crisis talks on homelessness tomorrow to avoid losing another vote.”

David O’Byrne MP
Leader of Opposition Business