Roger Dodger Strikes Again

Tasmanian Labor
  • September quarterly
    report finally released
  • Format changed to
    fudge figures
  • Debt waiver
    opportunity squandered
  • The
    long delayed September quarterly housing update provides damning insight into
    the Liberal Government’s failure to deliver social housing.

    The
    report was released in Budget Estimates today after a lengthy delay.

    Shadow
    Minister for Housing, Alison Standen, said the Government had reformatted the
    report to make it harder to compare against previous quarters.

    “We
    now know why the report was delayed for so long; Roger Jaensch was trying to
    find a creative way to fudge the figures,” Ms Standen said.

    “We suspected
    the report would be bad, but not this bad.

    “In
    a shocking display of failure the report shows the Government has built just
    three social houses with the proceeds of the Commonwealth debt waiver. That’s
    even fewer homes than the five that the Minister claimed to have built in the
    last quarterly update.

    “The
    Commonwealth debt waiver negotiated by Jacquie Lambie was indeed an historical
    achievement but Roger Jaensch has completely squandered the opportunity.

    “It
    is almost comical that the latest quarterly report claims that all government
    targets are ‘on track’ when in reality this Government has broken every promise
    it has ever made on housing.

    The Liberals promised 900 new social housing homes
    under the first Affordable Housing Action Plan 1 (2015-2019) but delivered just
    453.

    We are now well into the Affordable Housing Action
    Plan 2 (2019-2023) and the Government has only completed an additional 370
    homes despite boasting a track record of delivering 400 new social housing
    dwellings each year – a milestone he has never once delivered.

    The Minister said he would deliver 80 new homes every year through the debt waiver funding. Last quarter he had completed just 5 and this report revises that figure down to just 3.

    Alison Standen, Shadow Minister for Housing

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