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Imminent Housing Spend Announcement Welcome

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Tags: Housing, Homelessness, COVID-19, Jobs, Economy

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Housing spokesperson

The Greens look forward tomorrow’s $3.1 billion construction announcement. We trust a large part of that public stimulus funding will be an investment in housing to tackle the housing crisis and secure jobs in building and construction.

Too many Tasmanians are without a roof over their heads, languishing on the housing wait list, paying skyrocketing rents or sleeping rough. We hope our calls for a housing led recovery have been heard by the Premier.

The Greens' plan for a housing led recovery included 2,000 new affordable, energy efficient homes, building three new youth accommodation facilities, and establishing a Rent To Buy program to help more low income Tasmanians to own their first home. We hope these will form part of the Premier’s announcement tomorrow.

Increasing housing supply is clearly a critical part of addressing the housing and homelessness crisis, but who has access to these homes is also key.

Far too many Tasmanians have for decades been crippled by intergenerational inequality. A housing led recovery is an opportunity to begin to tackle this issue and deliver long term social and economic benefit to all.

Tasmania’s COVID-19 recovery presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to reshape our society to be better, fairer, and greener.


The Greens’ full plan is available here -