Roger Jaensch’s latest comments on public housing have confirmed he is completely bereft of ideas and has given up on his own portfolio.
Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said the Minister’s indifference to struggling Tasmanians is a disgrace.
“Roger Jaensch has presided over the worst rental and housing crisis in Tasmania’s history,” Ms Standen said.
“As if that’s not bad enough, he is now quoted in The Mercury newspaper as saying “there could never be a guarantee that all demand for public housing could be met”.
“Not only does this demonstrate a Minister bereft of ideas or vision, but it is also clear that he doesn’t care.
“Mr Jaensch’s claim that the Liberals are building more homes than ever before for Tasmanians is clearly at odds with the facts – including his own recent admission that he’s delivered a net increase of only five new social housing properties over the past year.
“The latest data released last month shows 3,600 families are on the public housing waiting list – an increase of 65 per cent since the Liberals took office – with a 63.4 week wait for priority applicants.
“For the Minister to say the government is not in charge of all the circumstances that lead people to social housing is disingenuous at best and a clear abrogation of his responsibilities.
“Struggling Tasmanians deserve a Housing Minister who cares about them and is prepared to prioritise housing and relief to help them keep a roof over their heads.
“If Roger Jaensch can’t even summon the energy to try to deal with this crisis, perhaps it is time for him to hand over his portfolio responsibilities to someone who will.”
Alison Standen MP
Shadow Housing Minister