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Domain Figures Confirm Escalating Housing Emergency

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader and Housing spokesperson

Hobart rents are now rivalling Melbourne’s, in figures released today by Domain.

New statistics are being released regularly.  They describe a tightening rental market that’s pricing Tasmanians out.

The rental crisis in Hobart is worsening, with fewer affordable rentals available than ever before and families being forced into homelessness. It’s alarming that Hobartians are without a roof over their heads and winter fast approaching.

New Housing Minister Has Urgent Task

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader

The Greens congratulate Roger Jaensch MP on his appointment as Minister for Human Services and Housing.

Mr Jaensch faces the most pressing task of any of the newly sworn in Cabinet members - tackling the housing emergency with substantive steps so people aren't freezing in tents at the Hobart Showgrounds over Winter.

Quality temporary housing is urgently required along with regulation required to stem the rapid growth in short stay accommodation which is taking homes out of the market and driving up rents.

Labor Housing Policy Won’t Tackle Housing Crisis

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens’ Leader and Housing spokesperson

The Labor Party's announcement on three new builds to tackle the housing crisis is woefully inadequate.

Ensuring all Tasmanians who need a home can find one will require much greater government investment in affordable housing as well as structural change to rein in the explosion of Airbnb and to require that new housing developments have a component of affordable housing.

Housing Announcement a Sign of Policy Failure

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Hodgman Government has failed to deliver on affordable housing, with the housing waiting list skyrocketing to more than 3,600 applications under Minister Petrusma.  Under a Greens' Minister, the waiting list was brought down to its lowest level in a decade.

That is indicative of huge housing stress in our community and too many Tasmanians without a secure, affordable place to call home.

Token Commitment to NPAH Increases Housing Insecurity

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

News from today's COAG meeting that the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness will be extended for another 12 months lets down the community and housing sector.

The NPAH provides support to more than 7,000 Tasmanians and funds specialist homelessness services.  Only extending it for a year won't provide much comfort to a sector that is forced to struggle with funding insecurity.

Parole Board Confirm Liberals Paying for Prisons Not Housing

Rosalie Woodruff MP | Greens' Corrections spokesperson

The Parole Board's Annual Report confirms the worst fears of the community and housing sector.  Prisoners who are suitable to be released on parole are being forced to stay in prison because they can't get housing.

For the second year running, the Parole Board has confirmed the lack of housing for parolees, following the Liberals' closure of the Post Release Options Programs and the Salvation Army Reintegration of Ex-Offenders Program.

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