Victoria Shadow Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell
Brumby’s Public Housing Waiting List Continues To Soar
Victor P Taffa
41,212 Families Waiting For Public Housing In Victoria
Premier John Brumby’s Public Housing Waiting List has continued to soar, with another 195 families joining the waiting list in the September 2010 Quarter, taking the waiting list to a new eight-year high of 41,212, Shadow Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell said.
Ms. Lovell said the waiting list continued to rise due to Labor’s incompetence, its mismanagement of public housing, and its failed housing policies over the past 11 years.
“Labor’s mismanagement of public housing has led to 2,176 Public Housing Properties remaining vacant more unoccupied public housing dwellings than in any other state or territory while the public housing waiting list continues to soar.” Ms. Lovell said.
“John Brumby’s Public Housing Waiting List has grown by an incredible 2,136 families in the past year.”
“Just as concerning are the 12,188 vulnerable families on the statewide early housing waiting list, which grew by 137 families in the September quarter and by 903 families over the past year.”
“Under Labor early housing waiting list times have exploded from 2.8 months in 1999 to 8.5 months in 2010, and we know families are actually waiting even longer than this.”
“People with early housing status have told me they have been advised they face waits of up to four year to secure a home. These are the most vulnerable Victorians who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, or have disability or special housing needs.”
Ms. Lovell said Housing Minister Richard Wynne had attempted to mislead the public in a media release by spruiking the Commonwealth’s investment in affordable housing.
“The reality is that only about a third of this housing will be available for public housing, which would only house about 10 % of the families languishing on the waiting list.” Ms. Lovell said.
“What we have is a tired, lazy 11-year-old Labor government that doesn’t care about struggling families and is failing to take responsibility for Victoria’s housing crisis.”
“It’s time Labor took responsibility for its ongoing failure to help families, it’s time Labor realised it has been making life harder for Victorians, and it’s time the Minister got on with the job of providing homes for the growing number of vulnerable Victorians who need them.” Ms. Lovell said.