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Liberals’ inaction leaves Tasmanians choosing between eating and housing

Two months ago, Labor raised the issue of Krista and her family who were facing homelessness because their private rent was so unaffordable they were rationing food and Krista was rationing her medication for Multiple Sclerosis and anxiety just to make rental payments.

They were told by the then acting Minister Jo Palmer to keep working with Housing Connect, but after almost four years on the priority housing waitlist, their support worker said he’d be closing their file as there was nothing more he could do to help them.

In order to keep a roof over their family’s heads, they were forced to renew their private lease and now, two months on, the family is struggling to put meals on the table – rationing food to deal with other priorities – and Krista continues to have to ration her MS and anxiety medication.

This is the result of 10 years of Liberal government inaction on housing, with thousands of other Tasmanians languishing on the housing waitlist – which has quadrupled since the Liberals won office.

Labor’s Right Priorities Plan will help people like Krista and her family by boosting rental properties and providing real help for Tasmanians who need it.

A future Labor Government will ease the rental crisis in Tasmania by halving the land tax payable on build-to-rent developments to incentivise the development of 1,000 new private rental homes over five years. The new properties will have to remain in the rental market for at least 30 years.

Labor will also address the difficulty of getting developments off the ground by removing barriers related to water, sewerage and power infrastructure, and we will increase the supply of social housing by urgently repairing 215 houses that remain untenantable.

Tasmania needs solutions to the housing crisis and only Labor has a plan to help deliver them.

August 08 2023

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