Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Housing spokesperson
Having a secure place to call home is a basic human right, yet it’s one thousands of Tasmanians are denied.
The Tasmanian Greens today released ‘A Home for All Tasmanians’, the most comprehensive housing policy of the election to date. It maps out a pathway to build 8000 new, affordable homes over a decade, establish a Department of Public Works with 250 full time construction jobs, develop a Housing First approach to homelessness, and regulate out of control short stay accommodation.
Under the Liberals, the housing waiting list is at its highest level in a decade, rents are soaring, and homelessness is on the rise. Their failure to invest in housing supply, and regulate short stay accommodation laid the foundations for the housing crisis.
SQM Research data says average rental prices are now $450 in Launceston, up from $400 from November last year, and $300 from 2017.
Launceston rents have increased $170 over the last seven years, and shockingly average rent in Launceston has increased $150 over the last three years, and $50 over the last five months.
Launceston house prices have gone more than $200 000 over the past seven years.
Tasmanians are being priced out of their own paradise. We need a housing led recovery to build more homes for Tasmanians in desperate need of government action.
As a State, we urgently need to build more homes for Tasmanians. The Greens have a plan to substantively tackle the housing crisis, and deliver a housing led recovery from COVID.
You can read our plan here - https://tasmps.greens.org.au/green-new-deal/home-tasmanians