Affordable Housing Focus Welcome in TAS
The Minister for Health and Human Services, Lara Giddings, has welcomed the renewed national focus on housing affordability in the lead up to the federal election.
Ms Giddings said Tasmania stood to benefit from promises of increased Commonwealth funding, with housing emerging as one of the crucial election issues after 11-years of Howard Government neglect.
“More than any other federal election in the last decade, this campaign looks like focusing on basic issues such as health and housing,” Ms Giddings said.
“Tasmanians can help to maintain the pressure for more Commonwealth action by demanding commitments from the State’s federal politicians of both parties.
“Kevin Rudd’s welcome focus on housing affordability has finally forced the Liberals to face up to the need to ease the pressure on Australian households.
“Federal Labor has promised measures such as a $603 million National Rental Affordability Scheme using tax credits to stimulate the construction of 50 000 new affordable rental properties across Australia, and a $500 million Housing Affordability Fund to reverse falling construction rates for new residential housing.
“This approach would complement the Tasmanian Government’s moves to deliver 700 new affordable housing properties through our $6 million annual funding for Tasmanian Affordable Housing Ltd (TAHL).
“In contrast, the Howard Government plans to scrap the Commonwealth State Housing Agreement and force States to compete against the private sector for public housing funding.