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Tinkering around the edges of short-stay not enough in midst of housing crisis

  • Political fix does not equate to a housing affordability and homelessness solution
  • Jaensch – again – not interested in real measures to address homelessness
  • Liberals need to front end housing budget and pause new stand-alone investment properties

The State Government’s disappointing, minor changes to short-stay accommodation regulations in Tasmania do not go far enough to address housing affordability and the homelessness crisis.

Shadow Housing Minister Josh Willie said Housing Minister Roger Jaensch had missed an opportunity to genuinely address the housing crisis today by only tinkering around the edges of short-stay regulation.

“The very minor changes Roger Jaensch has announced will have very little impact on the housing crisis in Tasmania when he was presented with an opportunity to make genuine change,” Mr Willie said.

“Mr Jaensch is happy to protect amenity in Battery Point but is doing nothing to assist Tasmanians who are sleeping rough and living in tents at the same time the number of homes being offered on platforms like Airbnb has risen by 167 per cent in the Hobart area alone.

“Mr Jaensch blew the opportunity to answer calls and introduce a pause on short stay accommodation for stand alone investment properties in high stress areas while housing affordability and homelessness is genuinely addressed. He needs to release the Planning Commission report so all Tasmanians can understand its recommendations.

“At the same time, he is ignoring calls to front end some of the $125 million the Liberals have promised for housing affordability.

“The government and Mr Jaensch also refuse to address the serious question of how they will be able to frame a housing budget into the future at the same time Tasmania stands to take a $367 million hit from lost GST revenue.

“Mr Jaensch is more interested taking part in media stunts than offering solutions to legitimately address what thousands of Tasmanians and their families are experiencing and providing a pathway forward for some of our most vulnerable.

“The lack of genuine urgency and the ignorance around this important issue cannot continue and, given that today Mr Jaensch has missed this opportunity, Tasmanians will be watching very closely to see how housing affordability and homelessness will be addressed in the Liberals’ State Budget next week.”