Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens Leader and Human Services spokesperson
The Minister for Human Services showed a complete lack of respect for one of Tasmania's most prominent community organisations in her attempt to justify the government's public housing giveaway in Question Time this morning.
Colony 47 are one of the state's most respected housing organisations with a long, outstanding record of helping Tasmanians in need. Colony CEO, Therese Taylor, is highly regarded and for the Minister to suggest Ms Taylor doesn't understand community housing is offensive and untrue.
Ms Taylor's concerns about legal title transfer of up to 500 Housing Tasmania homes should not be dismissed with such disrespect by the Minister.
It is deeply a hallmark of this government to dismiss criticism and legitimate concern, who believe they are entitled to sell or giveaway property that belongs to the Tasmanian people.
The Minister would do well to heed the advice of organisations who are the first to see homeless Tasmanians. Rather, she prefers to only listen to those who would be the beneficiaries of the housing giveaway.
There is clearly a diversity of opinion on the question of whether legal title to public houses should be given away and the Minister is wrong to suggest the argument is open and shut. The jury really is still out and the risks are real.