Despite indicating 12 months ago that about 80 new public housing dwellings would be built each year through a Commonwealth debt waiver, the state government has so far built just five.
In September last year, the federal government waived Tasmania’s $157 million historic housing debt, enabling the state to build additional public housing dwellings.
Standing alongside his federal counterpart Michael Sukkar on September 8 last year, state Housing Minister Roger Jaensch said roughly 80 more public housing dwellings would be constructed a year thanks to redirected savings.
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But the government’s most recent quarterly housing report showed that just five such dwellings had been built to June 2020 using funds freed up through the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement debt waiver.
Labor housing spokeswoman Alison Standen criticised Mr Janesch in State Parliament yesterday, saying his “record of delivery simply does not match your record of announcements”.
“It is beyond time that the government fixed this mess and provided the affordable and social housing struggling Tasmanians need,” she said.
But Mr Jaensch said Ms Standen was “deliberately ignoring the facts on housing” and “choosing to play silly political games”.
“As we outlined in December last year, over the next four years, savings from the waiver of our Commonwealth housing debt will help a further 400 households into suitable accommodation,” Mr Jaensch said.
“These funds are already delivering for Tasmanians, with 30 households already assisted through private rentals and additional social housing, the construction of 127 new social houses now underway and contracts for another 173 new homes currently being finalised.”
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