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Liberals not interested in fixing housing crisis – only secrecy and spin

  • Priority public housing applicants now waiting 50 per cent longer
  • Jaensch attempts to sneak delayed figures out in new low for secrecy
  • Liberals have no plan to address growing housing crisis

The desperately secretive Hodgman Liberal Government has taken its deception to a new level by blatantly trying to hide damning new housing figures while Tasmania’s housing and homelessness crisis continues to grow.

Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie said after keeping the latest data hidden for several months, Roger Jaensch sneakily posted the housing figures late yesterday on the eve of a long weekend, hoping Tasmanians would not be paying attention.

“It’s just disgraceful that as the housing and homelessness crisis continues to grow, the government is more interested in keeping Tasmanians in the dark than getting families out of tents and into homes,” Mr Willie said.

“What these figures show is that priority public housing applicants are now waiting almost 50 per cent longer for a home than they were a year ago.

“The average wait time for priority housing applicants has risen to 63 weeks which is 20 weeks longer than the average wait time at March last year.

“Applications to the housing register increased by 245 between last September and December, taking the list to 3512 Tasmanians.

“These are shocking figures and the government has no intention or plan to address them – Roger Jaensch has provided no tangible or workable solution and he is so out of touch he has not even bothered to visit the Hobart Showgrounds where families are living in tents.

“This is a government that is determined to deceptively spin figures rather than trying to address one of the most important issues currently facing Tasmanians.

“We’ve seen a lack of leadership over the last four years and it is now continuing – there are people in desperate need and this Government is not delivering.”