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Labor will act on housing crisis

The minority Liberal government continues to hide behind projection and spin instead of acting on the housing crisis and putting a roof over Tasmanians’ heads.

When asked a Dorothy Dixer in Parliament this morning about the housing crisis, Minister Nic Street took the free kick and turned it into an own goal by attacking Labor for our housing policy.

It is the Liberals who have presided over 10 years of policy failures and refusal to take meaningful action, leaving thousands of Tasmanians languishing on the housing waitlist.

And it is the Liberals who still refuse to take meaningful action despite families sleeping in cars, tents or couch surfing because they have nowhere to live.

In contrast, Labor does have policies that will make a real difference to Tasmanians’ lives.

Despite the Liberals’ claims to the contrary, a State Labor Government will expand the MyHome scheme and get more people into home ownership, driving the market for more new houses.

Not only that but, under Labor’s Build to Rent program, Tasmania would see an increase of at least 1,000 additional private rental homes enter the market within the first five years and stay in the private rental market for 30 years.

This is on top of the 10,000 social and government homes by 2032.

Labor will also provide a short-term solution for hundreds of Tasmanians by urgently repairing the 215 government houses that remain untenantable and therefore unused – getting even more houses available sooner.

Tasmanians deserve a government that will prioritise housing and putting a roof over people’s heads – and only Labor has a plan to do so

September 07 2023

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