Labor lies on housing

Mark Shelton,Acting Minister for Housing

Alison Standen is wrong. Again.

To be 100 per cent clear, no one will be ‘kicked off’ the Housing Register.

A housing applicant will only come off the Housing Register when their housing needs are met, such as in circumstances where they sign a lease with a private rental or secure a tenancy with social housing.

The reform of Housing Connect is ongoing and will improve the way that the Housing Connect System supports Tasmanians in need of housing. Despite Ms Standen’s claims, there has not been, and nor will there be, changes to determining eligibility and priority for the wait list.

The Housing Connect reform is about better supporting people to find the right service that meets their needs – whether that be housing services or other supports. Ms Standen has deliberately tried to equate this with pushing people off the waiting list, but this is wrong.

Ms Standen has an extensive history of half-truths and scaremongering as part of Labor’s playbook for generating media headlines.

While Ms Standen is getting on with the job of making fake news, we will get on with the job of providing safe and secure housing for Tasmanians that need it.

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