 Only Labor tackling affordable housing
 Federal Labor’s plan would have a significant positive impact in Tasmania
 Social housing waiting lists are blowing out

Shadow Minister for Housing Josh Willie has welcomed the announcement from Federal Labor to address the housing affordability crisis.

“The plan is good for housing affordability in Tasmania, it’s good for jobs and it’s good for productivity,” Mr Willie said.

“Federal Labor’s 8-point strategy starts with reform to negative gearing and capital gains tax concessions.

“Tasmanian households are among the poorest in the nation and these measures should have a big impact.

“Under Liberal governments housing affordability and homelessness is heading towards crisis.

“Social housing waiting lists have blown out by close to 1000 applicants in the past year.

“The average waiting time for priority applicants is 42 weeks.

“Demand in the private rental market is outstripping supply and weekly rents are skyrocketing. In some instances renters have been told they can bid for properties which is actually illegal.

“Too many people are couch surfing and they need stability in their lives. Australia is a wealthy, first world country and we can do better.

“Safe, secure and affordable shelter supports health and wellbeing and economic participation.

“Investing in affordable housing and essential services to address homelessness is an important responsibility for government and will go some way to reducing inequality.”

More information on Federal Labor’s plan can be found here: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/australianlaborparty/pages/7646/attachments/original/1492731074/170421_ALP_Housing_Affordability_Package_-_Fact_Sheet_FINAL.pdf?1492731074
Josh Willie MLC Shadow Minister for Housing, Disability & Children