Posted on 24. Jul, 2012 in Clayton Update
The latest Victorian Public Housing Waiting list data has shown only a slight reduction in the number of people waiting for housing in Eastern Metro and Southern Metro housing areas, despite the Federal Labor Government’s stimulus package, Labor member for Clayton, Hong Lim said today.
The data, which details how many people were waiting for public housing during the three months to June 2012, shows only 206 less people waiting in these two areas than in the March quarter, a decrease of 2%.
A total of 13776 people are currently on the waiting list of these two areas, 36940 in total in Victoria.
Mr Lim said the reduction was due to the Federal Labor Government’s stimulus package investment of over $1 billion in public and social housing.
“This investment by the Gillard Government has seen over 6500 houses constructed, which has taken significant pressure off the system, but this investment has now finished,” Mr Lim said.
“In contrast, the Baillieu Government’s lack of investment in public housing will place greater pressure on the waiting lists now that the Federal investment has come to an end.”
Richard Wynne, Shadow Minister for Housing, said Housing Minister Wendy Lovell’s failure to support public housing was stacking up against her. She had:
• Failed to provide any new funding for building new housing since coming to office in 2010;
• Failed to rule out selling off public housing;
• Threatened to increase rents and install fixed term tenure; and
• Cut frontline staff that support the most vulnerable people in our community.
“Ms Lovell has done nothing when it comes to investing in new or improved public housing,” Mr Wynne said.
“She has ridden on the coat tails of the Federal Government for nearly 20 months, but her free ride has come to an end.”
Mr Wynne said Ms Lovell also had the dubious honour of releasing the data late on every single occasion since taking office.
“Yet again Ms Lovell tries to sneak out an important report late in the afternoon to avoid any scrutiny,” Mr Wynne said.
Labor Member for Clayton, Hong Lim said the Baillieu Government needed to act urgently, not continue to hide the figures. “This cheap political trick will be of no comfort to the 4398 people languishing on the waiting list in Eastern Metro housing area and the 9378 waiting on the Southern Metro housing area list.
“This data was only released this week because of pressure from the Opposition and the media.”