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Archer Must Release TRRPOA Grant Deed

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  -  Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Tags: Transparency, Public Office, Justice, Housing

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens Justice spokesperson

The Consumer Protection Minister must release the deed for the government grant awarded to the Tasmanian Residential Rental Property Owners Association. 

The TRRPOA spent much of the state election campaigning against the Greens and Independent candidate Kristie Johnston, and promoting the Liberal Party and its candidate Simon Behrakis. 

Given TRRPOA’s recent electioneering history, and the fact its President is running for political office, the Greens asked Minister Archer in Parliament what conditions had been written into the grant deed to ensure these funds are used appropriately, and not for political purposes. After all, the government was aware of these facts when they awarded the funds in June. 

Rather than answering the question, Minister Archer resorted to attacking the Greens, and pretending she’d addressed the issue in response to our questions in Budget Estimates. She did not. 

While the Liberals stated the funding for the TRRPOA is to help the Association develop resources, they refused to disclose the actual conditions written into the grant deed. Why?

If Minister Archer wants Tasmanians to trust her about how she is spending their money, she should be transparent with them and immediately release the grant deed provided to the TRRPOA.