Jaensch has no detail on new housing despite homelessness crisis

Tasmanian Labor

Housing Minister Roger Jaensch is so out of touch on the housing and homelessness crisis or how to address it he has no clue how funds will be spent or how many houses will be built next year.

Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said Mr Jaensch could today not detail how funds for housing will be spent in 2019-20 or what housing targets have been set for new builds in the same period.

Ms Standen said the Minister was so light on detail, he could not even specify when the work plan for his much-touted Affordable Housing Action Plan – Stage Two would be released.

“That’s just not acceptable for a Minister or a government which claims it is addressing the housing and homelessness crisis,” Ms Standen said.

“The Minister confirmed in Budget Estimates that the data in the budget papers was wrong because it doesn’t reflect the money brought forward in the budget.

“He said this money had been secured at the “death knell” – it was not a strategic decision to invest more for housing but instead a panicked reaction to the criticism of the government for failing to do more to address the housing crisis.

“Given the Minister for Housing has failed to even adequately address the fact that thousands of Tasmanians are in acute housing stress and he has failed to meet his target to build 900 homes by June 30, people have every right to feel cynical he will deliver.”

Alison Standen MP

Shadow Housing Minister

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