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Social and Affordable Housing

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Homes Tasmania - Impact of Property Acquisitions from Private Market

The Government's policy is to invest $1.5 billion in Housing over the next 10 years to build and acquire 10 000 homes.

Vica Bayley MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2023

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Matter of Public Importance - Housing

We see the Homes Tasmania strategy, the Tasmanian Housing strategy, and note that it is a glossy document that contains numerous very welcome commitments.

Vica Bayley MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Sep 2023

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Residential Tenancy Amendment (Minimum Window Coverings for Social Housing Properties) Bill 2023

It was a surprise to me and presumably other members that social housing providers are currently exempt from window covering requirements.

Vica Bayley MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Sep 2023

Houses, Construction

Housing Land Supply Amendment Bill 2023

The purpose of the legislation was a short term way to fast track the rezoning process for eligible government land for use under the Homes Act 1935.

Vica Bayley MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  16 Aug 2023

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Housing First

Given it is Homelessness Week, it seems timely to focus on what can be done to prevent homelessness.

Vica Bayley MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Aug 2023

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Housing - Underfunding of Social and Affordable Home Plan

Can you confirm that Homes Tasmania has advised you that the $1.5 billion you have committed to your housing strategy is entirely inadequate?

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  10 Aug 2023

Parliament House, Tasmania

State Development, Construction and Housing – Housing Connect

Minister, I'd like to have a chat with you about Housing Connect. It's been under review for about five years now.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2023

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State Development, Construction and Housing – Public Housing Stock

ow many homes does Homes Tasmania own, and do you include the homes that are managed by community housing providers?

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2023

Houses, Construction

State Development, Construction and Housing – Housing Funding

I'd like to understand what income Homes Tasmania can currently rely on.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Jun 2023

Homeless Man

Typical Liberal Budget Fails Tasmanians In Need

The Liberals have handed down a Budget that only grudgingly lifts a pinky finger for Tasmanians in need.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 May 2023

Homeless Man

Census Lays Liberals’ Homelessness Failure Bare

New data on the massive increase in homelessness in Tasmania is deeply distressing, and again highlights the need for urgent action from government

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 Mar 2023

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Social Housing - Issues

The Greens support this motion and we believe it is written in such a way that is fact-rich and unarguable in its intent.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  26 Oct 2022

Houses, Construction

Homes Tasmania Bill 2022

As a former housing minister, I understand that the Homes Act was clunky, very outdated and quaint.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Aug 2022

Houses, Construction

Draft Housing Tasmania Bill 2022

Our concerns largely relate to the extent to which social housing will be the priority of the new Authority.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Submission  |  5 Jul 2022

Houses, Construction

State Development, Construction and Housing – Future of Housing Tasmania

In the Homes Act 1935, I am sure you are aware, there are obligations placed on the Director of Housing to provide affordable social housing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Jun 2022

Houses, Construction

Time to End the Cruel Housing Lies

A cruel lie is at the heart of Michael Ferguson’s first Budget as Treasurer. It exposes eight years of broken promises and false hopes for Tasmanians.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  30 May 2022

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Gutwein’s Land Tax Cut for Propertied Class Leaves Battlers in the Cold

In a monumental, but wholly transparent "look over there", Premier Gutwein has handed a land tax cut to well off property investors.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Feb 2022

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ROGS Data Confirms Massive Fail on Housing and Homelessness

The latest ROGS data confirms in hard numbers the Liberals’ failure to invest in increasing supply of social and affordable housing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  25 Jan 2022

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Liberals’ Housing Waiting List Shame

The housing waiting list has more than doubled since the Liberals took office. Now new data shows the average wait time for priority applicants is 18 months

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  26 Nov 2021

Houses, Construction

Housing Waitlist More Than Doubles Under Liberals

Tasmania’s public housing waiting list has now more than doubled since the Liberals took government, data released today confirms.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2021

Houses, Construction

Liberals' Housing Failures Pile Up

The Liberals’ lack of genuine motivation to fix the housing crisis was again on display in Parliament today

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  31 Aug 2021

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New CoreLogic Data Confirms Need for Rent Controls, Short Stay Reform

The March 2021 Quarterly Rental Review, just released by CoreLogic, highlights the urgent need for rent controls and short stay accommodation reform. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Apr 2021

Houses, Construction

Greens Release Plan to Provide Homes for All Tasmanians

Having a secure place to call home is a basic human right, yet it’s one thousands of Tasmanians are denied.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  9 Apr 2021

Houses, Construction

Labor, Liberals, Ogilvie Let Down Tenants

The Greens’ move to protect tenants from unreasonable rent increases was voted down by Labor, the Liberals and Madeleine Ogilvie in Parliament today. 

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  24 Mar 2021

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Housing and Rental Affordability

The Real Estate Institute of Australia says Tasmania's rental affordability is now the worst in the nation.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2021

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Greens Table Rent Control Legislation

We were proud to table the Residential Tenancy (Rent Control) Amendment Bill 2021 today on behalf of all Tasmanian tenants.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  18 Mar 2021

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Rents are Soaring, Liberals Oblivious, Parliament Must Act

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  28 Feb 2021

Homeless Man

Two Weeks Before Rental Protections Expire To Leave Tenants More Vulnerable

The Premier must extend rental protections to avoid major social fallout while the economy is still struggling and a deadly virus rages across the globe.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Jan 2021

Homeless Man

New Figures Show Deepening Housing Crisis

The latest Human Services Dashboard figures reveal Tasmania’s housing crisis is deepening.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  15 Jan 2021

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Labor Needs to Stand with Tenants

Tasmanian Labor needs to take a position on the looming expiry of COVID-19 emergency tenancy protections on 31 January.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Jan 2021

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COVID Rental Protections Must Be Extended

The government must recognise the ongoing difficulties faced by Tasmanian tenants and extend the state’s residential rental protections beyond October 1.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Aug 2020

Homeless Man

Government Must Commit to Ending Homelessness Crisis

The Gutwein government must commit to a comprehensive plan to end the homelessness crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 Aug 2020

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Housing Quarterly Report Shows Need for a Housing Led Recovery

The Gutwein Government is making some inroads in to the critical housing supply shortage but progress remains too slow.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 May 2020

Houses, Construction

A Housing Led Recovery for Tasmania

The Tasmanian Greens today released the first pillar in our plan for Tasmania’s recovery from COVID-19.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  23 May 2020

Houses, Construction

Social and Affordable Housing Key to Recovery

Significant investment in social and affordable housing would kickstart Tasmania’s social and economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  3 May 2020

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Housing Inquiry Report Confirms Need for Major Reform

An increase in funding for social housing, rent reform and curbs on short stay accommodation are essential to tackling Tasmania’s housing crisis.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  14 Feb 2020

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Housing Affordability

There is no question that we are in the middle of a housing crisis and homelessness rates are increasing.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  27 Nov 2019

Supreme Court, Hobart, Tasmania

Liberals' Housing performance

I am certain that every person here wants to see more good homes built for Tasmanians who need them.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  8 Aug 2019

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Rent Capping

We all know, the evidence is there right in front of us, that Hobart is now the least affordable capital city in Australia.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  7 Aug 2019

Homeless Man

Greens Push for Parliament to Tackle Rent Gouging Succeeds

Housing availability and affordability in Tasmania is getting worse, pushing more people in to homelessness.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  7 Aug 2019

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Rent Increases - Regulation

The Tenants' Union of Tasmania makes it clear that as a result of the housing crisis some landlords are gouging tenants, which is driving up homelessness rates.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  6 Aug 2019

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First Home Owner Grant Amendment Bill 2019

It is apt that we are debating a housing affordability bill in a week that has been dominated by questions on the response to housing and homelessness.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  13 Jun 2019

Homeless Man

Housing Crisis

The Government today stands accused by one of their own of 'not giving a shit about the homeless'.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  12 Jun 2019

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Short Stay Accommodation Bill 2018

Anglicare produces an annual snapshot of the rental market focusing on people who earn the least.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019

Houses, Construction

Select Committee into Housing Affordability

We will be supporting the Labor Party's motion to establish a select committee for this purpose. It is important that we use every tool we have in the box.

Dr Rosalie Woodruff MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  1 May 2019

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Roads And Jetties Amendment (Management Of State Highways In Cities) Bill 2018

We recognise that this bill would transfer to state government from local government the sections of Davey and Macquarie streets.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  21 Nov 2018

Houses, Construction

Housing Land Supply Bill 2018

There are some issue the minister needs to flesh out on the Floor of this House, particularly the issue around Shelter's submission.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 Jul 2018

Homeless Man

Domain Figures Confirm Escalating Housing Emergency

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  12 Apr 2018

Homeless Man

Labor Housing Policy Won't Tackle Housing Crisis

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

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  21 Jan 2018

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Bold plan to prioritise affordable homes for Tasmanians

Recent ABS Census data indicates there may be as many as 6552 more Tasmanian properties on the short stay market compared with 2011.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  17 Dec 2017

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Multicultural Friends of Parliament

The specific purpose of the Multicultural Friends of Parliament was to listen to the concerns and to the views of communities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  25 May 2016

Homeless Man

Federal Budget 2016: Tasmanian Homeless Left Out in the Cold

Economist Saul Eslake confirms Tasmania is not receiving increased funding for affordable housing unlike every other state, which is getting an increase.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

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Federal Budget 2016: Premier Says Eslake, TasCOSS, Anglicare Are Wrong

Economist Saul Eslake agrees that Tuesday's budget contains little for Tasmania, and TASCOSS and Anglicare have given the federal budget a big thumbs down.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  5 May 2016

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Premier's Failure in Canberra Sees Tasmania Left Off the Budget Map

There was nothing in the Federal Budget for Tasmania's education system, no extra funding for years 5 and 6 of Gonski.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  4 May 2016

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Homes Amendment Bill 2016

One of the most fundamental human rights is access to secure and affordable housing. It is the foundation for all of life's opportunities.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  18 Mar 2016

Homeless Man

Ministerial Disrespect in Housing Title Giveaway

The Minister for Human Services showed a complete lack of respect for one of Tasmania's most prominent community organisations.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  29 Oct 2015

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Greens to Scrutinise Public Housing Giveaway in Parliament

The case has not been made by either Minister Petrusma or community housing providers to transfer of legal Title for up to 500 Housing Tasmania homes.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Media Release  |  11 Oct 2015

Houses, Construction


The Budget papers show that the number of applicants housed is expected to fall, as will the new allocations to those in greatest need.

Cassy O'Connor MP  |  Parliamentary Activity  |  2 Jun 2015