Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Housing spokesperson
The Premier’s announcement of increased housing investment and expansion of the HomeShare program is welcomed by the Greens.
The construction industry is in desperate need of support, and building new houses is the best bang for public stimulus. That’s why the Greens have been so vocal on a housing led recovery, and we welcome the Premier understanding an investment in housing is an investment in Tasmania’s people.
After years of neglect under the Hodgman Government, the State has an affordable housing shortfall of an estimated 11 000 homes, but it’s encouraging the Liberals now seem to be listening to the housing and homelessness sector and Greens by committing to greater investment in this area.
While building new homes is critical, equally crucial is who has access to these homes. We need to make sure the social housing part of this plan is prioritised so more Tasmanians can finally access an affordable home.
We hope as the Economic and Social Recovery Advisory Council considers the next steps for Tasmania they will look at expanding this to a fully fledged Rent To Buy program.
Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19 is a unique opportunity to tackle the intergenerational inequality that has crippled far too many Tasmanians for decades.
Today’s announcement is a great start. The Greens will continue to push for measures that will help to create a better, fairer, and greener future.