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New report highlights Government’s irresponsible approach to short-stay accommodation

  • Government slow to act on short-stay accommodation regulation
  • Report highlights urgent policy reform
  • Government must act immediately on report findings

A new report highlights the Government’s failure to address Tasmania’s housing crisis through its irresponsible hands-off approach to the introduction of short-stay accommodation in Tasmania.

Shadow Minister for Housing, Alison Standen, said the report by the University of Tasmania’s Institute for the Study of Social Change supported Labor’s views that the Government had been slow to act.

“The report details the acute shortage in affordable housing with around six per cent of rental stock being converted to short-stay accommodation since 2016,” Ms Standen said.

“This highlights the Government’s hands off approach to regulating short-stay accommodation.  It should have acted sooner by introducing a pause on the issuing of new permits to ease the pressure in the greater Hobart market in particular.

“The report highlights the challenges in meeting affordable housing supply targets given the Government has failed to meet its own targets, or invest in measures to boost the building and construction industry to meet demand.

“The report warns it will take years for industry supply to meet demand and recommends the need for urgent, strong targeted policy responses to regulate and cap short-term accommodation in the near future.

“I urge the Government to listen to expert advice and implement these reforms as soon as possible to help address Tasmania’s housing crisis.

“The report is the latest in a series of expert views supporting the establishment of a Parliamentary Committee of inquiry into the housing and homelessness crisis.”

Alison Standen MP
Shadow Minister for Housing