Out-of-touch Premier does not know how many homeless Tasmanians are turned away from shelters each day

Tasmanian Labor
  • Gutwein so hands-off on housing crisis he doesn’t understand level of demand
  • Shocking, uncaring approach to housing crisis should concern all Tasmanians
  • Government fails to provide answers or relief for 3,600 families trapped on housing wait list
  • Premier Peter Gutwein has no idea that Tasmania’s housing and homelessness crisis is so extreme that an average of 36 people are turned away every day from each of Tasmania’s 21 emergency shelters.

    Shadow Housing Minister Alison Standen said it defied belief that the Premier would be so unaware of the extent of the housing crisis that he would not have bothered to make himself aware that so many families were unable to access emergency shelter and had nowhere else to turn.

    “The uncaring, look-the-other-way attitude that is at the core of the Gutwein Government could not be clearer,” Ms Standen said.

    “Tasmanians want to know why the Premier and his Housing Minister Mr Jaensch are so completely out of touch. They want to understand how this Premier and his Minister can lack compassion for the often desperate situations hundreds of families are finding themselves in.

    “They want to know why there is no empathy and certainly no assistance for the almost 3,600 families currently trapped on this government’s housing waiting list.

    “The number of Tasmanians turned away on average from shelters throughout the state is heartbreaking.

    “It is also a number that is readily available from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Specialist Homelessness Services in Tasmania report.

    “For the Premier – who is also the Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence – to not be aware of it is a disgrace.”

    Alison Standen MP

    Shadow Housing Minister

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