Housing Minister Michael Ferguson has revealed the completely unacceptable number of children languishing on the public housing waitlist.
Shadow Housing Minister Anita Dow said there were 1,947 single parents and families with children on the waitlist and 241 16-18-year-olds.
“The numbers revealed by Minister Ferguson today are absolutely devastating,” Ms Dow said.
“We now know almost half the people on the waitlist have children, these are families that will be forced to wait more than 55 weeks to get a roof over their head.”
Ms Dow said the Liberals refused to acknowledge the realities of the waitlist and the devastating impact it is having on Tasmanian families.
“While Mr Gutwein and Mr Ferguson try to spin their way out of responsibility the fact is the housing wait list sits at 4,006 and this Government has had seven years to fix it.
“Tasmanians can see right through the Liberals’ claims that people on the list are only looking to upsize or get cheaper rent, the numbers revealed today show that this list is full of families, families that desperately need a roof over their head and the security a home brings.
“I hope these numbers force Mr Ferguson to stop talking and start delivering, otherwise the list will only grow bigger and sadly more Tasmanian families will face homelessness.”
Anita Dow MP
Shadow Housing Minister