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Housing commitments warmly welcomed

Tasmanian Labor warmly welcomes the housing commitments made at National Cabinet, agreed to by the Commonwealth and States.

We know this is just the start of what will be more to come.

It is in Labor’s DNA to support renters and to support people in need of social and government housing.

It is the first time in history that Australia has had both a Federal Housing Minister and a Prime Minister who both grew up in public housing.

This is historic and is one of the reasons we are already seeing such promising commitments from Federal Labor on housing.

The Albanese government has made housing a key priority with significant funding commitments as well as systemic reform to repair ten years of Liberal Party neglect.

It is now incumbent on the Tasmanian Liberal government to step up and deliver for people who need it most.

Premier Jeremy Rockliff, Housing Minister Nic Street and Greens leader Rosalie Woodruff must also demand their federal colleagues support the Housing Australia Affordability Fund, which we know would increase housing supply even further and be of significant benefit to Tasmanians.

Brief summary of commitments made at National Cabinet:

  • An additional 1.2 million homes over five years over and above the existing commitments under the National Housing Accord

  • $3 billion extra funding for the states who achieve more than their share of the targets under the Accord

  • A new Housing Support program of $500 million to kick start supply for things like planning, approvals and connecting essential services

  • A National Planning Reform Blueprint dealing with planning, zoning and land release which we all know are significant barriers to increasing housing supply

  • A Better Deal for Renters package that will deliver national consistency regarding no fault evictions, limiting rent increases and bringing in national minimum rental standards

August 17 2023

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