LOVELL CAN’T FIND TIME, MONEY OR INTEREST IN HOUSING WEEK

Posted on 28. Sep, 2011 in Clayton Update

The Baillieu Government has again demonstrated that housing is one of its lowest priorities after failing to set a date for the annual Housing Week for 2011, Member for Clayton Hong Lim said today.

Mr Lim said Housing Week was a chance to showcase the rich contribution that Victoria’s social and public housing residents played in our community, and Ms Lovell’s failure to organise Housing Week was a disgrace.

“In the last session of Parliament we discovered Housing Minister Wendy Lovell had no plans for this year’s Housing Week,” Mr Lim said.

“Housing Week was started by Jeff Kennett in 1999, and was proudly continued every year by the Bracks and Brumby Labor Governments.

Mr Lim said in 2009 as Shadow Housing Minister, Ms Lovell endorsed Housing Week, saying it empowered public housing residents and celebrated their achievement.

“Now Ms Lovell is the Minister, Housing Week is set to disappear from the calendar altogether,” he said.

“When asked in Parliament, Ms Lovell provided a long winded and embarrassing answer, but it is clear that after more than nine months in office she has simply failed to find a date for Housing Week.”

Mr Lim said it was obvious housing wasn’t a priority for the Baillieu Government given it provided:

  • The lowest target for upgrading public housing in a decade;
  • The lowest target for assisting families at risk of homelessness in a decade;
  • No new growth funding for building or acquiring public and social housing; and
  • No projected improvement in the number of families being turned away from crisis accommodation services.

“It seems that under the Baillieu Government, there is no time in the calendar for Housing Week and no money in the budget for new housing because there is no interest in housing from the Minister.”

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