Housing Minister Roger Jaensch’s inaction is hurting Tasmanians as the housing and homelessness crisis deepens.
Today the State and Federal Liberal Government were forced to come to the table after local government led the way.
However, despite being forced into promising a work plan at last week’s crisis talks, Roger Jaensch had nothing to offer.
“Very little has happened in the days since last week’s crisis talks. Roger Jaensch needs to show more urgency,” Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said.
“Last week Minister Jaensch promised a work plan but there were no details today.
“We don’t even know if the $5 million he is speaking about is new money or a re-direction of currently budgeted funds.
“Labor welcomes investment but how money is spent is critical. We need investments that deliver value for money as well as outcomes.
“It was disappointing that in his brief time at today’s forum and after getting Tasmania’s hopes up, the Federal Housing Minister was unable to make any commitment on abolishing Tasmania’s housing debt – cheered on by Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz.
“Labor has consistently lobbied for this debt to be waived so more money can be invested in housing in Tasmania.
“Tasmanians don’t want more talking, they want action before people suffer further during a freezing winter.”
Alison Standen MP
Shadow Housing Minister