Tasmanians waiting record time for housing

Tasmanian Labor

The latest Housing Dashboard shows Tasmanians are waiting an average time of almost 80 weeks for social housing – the highest wait time on record.

The housing wait list has inched higher – now sitting on 4,557, with an average wait time of 79.2 weeks.

Just 29 houses were built in February – yet again missing the government’s monthly target, this time by 65 per cent.

Meanwhile, building approvals continue to fall, and are now at their lowest level in more than a decade.

At the same time, the maintenance backlog is growing, with the average number of work orders completed down by nearly 1,000 since last year.

While the Housing Minister Guy Barnett continues to claim the government is building 10,000 homes in 10 years, Housing Dashboard figures month after month clearly demonstrate that this isn’t happening.

The fact is that when Labor was last in government, 2300 Tasmanians were on the list, waiting on average 21 weeks – and almost a decade of Liberal government has created the mess we are now in.

Jeremy Rockliff’s plan to build a billion dollar stadium proves his priorities for Tasmania are all wrong. It’s clear our state needs more houses, not more stadiums.

The Liberal government needs to take urgent and meaningful action to get people into safe and secure housing, especially with winter approaching.

Labor will prioritise housing, starting with the urgent repair of 215 social and government houses sitting empty because they are “untenantable” to give 215 families a safe place to call home.

Sarah Lovell MLC

Labor Member for Rumney

Shadow Minister for Community Services

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