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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.

Youth At Risk Strategy Undermined by 'Tough on Crime' Liberals

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

The Tasmanian Greens welcome the belated release of the government's Youth at Risk Strategy.  It contains a strong foundation for improving the lives of young Tasmanians, but risks being undone by the Liberals' 'tough on crime' policies that will drive more young Tasmanians into the youth justice and adult corrections' system.

The strategy is compromised by the Liberals' flawed, populist sentencing policies and a failed detention model for young offenders.

A State Budget Bloated with Pork

Cassy O’Connor MP | Greens' Leader

After three years of cuts and neglecting community services, the fourth Hodgman Budget focuses on extinguishing spot fires of community concern and scatters money around like confetti in the lead up to the election.

This is a Budget that's bloated with pork.

The more you look at this Budget, the more cynical you become.  It’s very clear that it is designed to help the Liberals buy their way to the next election.

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.

Petrusma's Child Protection Crisis

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

The Performance Measures for Child Protection in the DHHS Annual Report make it clear the system designed to protect some of Tasmania's most vulnerable children, is in significantly worse shape than it was under the previous government.        

Notifications are increasing.  There are four times as many children waiting for an investigative response from Child Protection compared to any time over the past three years.

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