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Rents are Soaring, Liberals Oblivious, Parliament Must Act

Cassy O'Connor MP

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Sunday, 28 February 2021

Tags: Social and Affordable Housing, Housing, Housing Crisis

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens Leader and Housing spokesperson

Tasmania’s deepening housing crisis requires an urgent response and cooperation across non-government parties and independents in Parliament.

The latest SQM Research data on national rents shows in the last quarter, the average rent price for houses has gone up 5.2% in Hobart, 8.2% in Launceston, and a whopping 9.1% in Burnie.

We’re hearing of more and more cases of massive rent increases from every corner of the state. We need urgent action, but instead Premier Peter Gutwein says there's no problem.

The Premier doesn’t believe rents are too high. He’s out of touch.

More than a year has passed since the House of Assembly Select Committee into Housing Affordability handed down its report. It recommended reform of the Residential Tenancy Act 1997, regulation of short stay accommodation, and consideration of rent control measures.

The Gutwein Government has shown no interest in these reforms, which is why, on behalf of the Tasmanian Greens, I have written to Opposition Leader, Rebecca White, Speaker of the House, Sue Hickey, and Clark MP, Madeleine Ogilvie, inviting them to collaborate on reforming Tasmania's housing laws and regulations. 

With the deepening housing crisis and rents soaring, and over a year until the next State Election is scheduled, there’s a responsibility on other parties and independents to improve the lives of tenants when Parliament returns.

Tasmanians in financial hardship and housing stress cannot wait any longer. 

We welcome independent Member for Clark Madeleine Ogilvie's prompt reply to our invitation, and her interest in working constructively on housing reform, and hope that Labor and the Speaker of the House will follow suit.

We may not see eye-to-eye on other issues, but it's crucial for MPs to put their differences aside and work together to make a difference to the lives of Tasmanians who are struggling to find a secure, affordable place to call home. 


Letters to MPs.pdf