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Fix the Queensland Housing Crisis

Shadow Housing Minister Tim Mander

Today the Auditor-General’s report into the State Government’s record on social housing is set to be released.

The LNP is urging the State Government to genuinely consider its findings and take real action on the housing crisis across Queensland.

Shadow Housing Minister Tim Mander said despite having more than seven years to address the serious problem, the issue has only worsened under this State Government.

“There are more than 50,000 Queenslanders on the waiting list for social housing,” Mr Mander said.

“That number has exploded by nearly 80% in the last four years.

“At a time when working families on dual incomes are forced to live in cars or tents, every suggestion to improve the situation must be taken on board.

“We haven’t built enough homes in Queensland to keep pace with our surging population.

“A report by the Commonwealth Productivity Commission revealed that in 2020/21, Queensland spent less on social housing per person than any other state or territory.

“In five years the state government has added barely 1,000 social housing bedrooms across the state, but the waiting list grew by more than 20,000 people. That is nothing to be proud of.

“The State Government has to start listening.

“Seven years of failure has pushed many Queenslanders to the margins.”

Mr Mander said that there were immediate steps the State Government could take to address the housing crisis in Queensland.

“Releasing land for freehold, affordable and social housing must be a priority for the State Government.

“The LNP also believe that government must partner with, and unlock the Community Housing sector.

“These organisations are ready made to help house the vulnerable. If we empower them, and allow them to leverage housing stock, they can help put a roof over the head of vulnerable Queenslanders.”

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