We call on the next Federal Government to waive Tasmania’s housing debt so that we can invest in affordable housing for all Tasmanians.
Our housing system should make sure everyone has a secure, safe roof over their heads. Housing availability and affordability in Tasmania is at crisis point. Hobart is now the least affordable city in the country, Tasmania has 3,200 people on its public housing waiting list, yet every year we hand back $15 million to the Commonwealth to repay a decades-old housing debt.
These funds would allow the State Government to take measures to increase the stock of affordable rental housing, provide more social housing and increase supported accommodation for those who need it, particularly young people, older Tasmanians and people fleeing family violence.