Victoria Shadow Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell
Lazy Labor Fails To Meet Own Deadline For Homelessness Strategy
Victor P Taffa
More than 100 CEOs slept rough for charity in Melbourne last night in support of Victoria’s homeless but the Brumby Government can’t even produce a homelessness strategy by its own deadline, Shadow Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell said today.
Ms. Lovell said the Labor Government promised to release a draft Homelessness 2020 strategy for consultation in early 2010 and the final Homelessness 2020 strategy by May 2010, but neither of these documents has been produced.
The most recent figures available from 2006, suggest 20,511 people were homeless in Victoria.
Another 2,789 vulnerable Victorians were also classified as marginal residents of caravan parks at the time of the 2006 Census.
Victoria’s public housing waiting list increased by 1,013 families in the March 2010 quarter, taking it to 39,794 applicants.
“The Brumby Government’s latest failure makes a mockery of Labor’s COAG commitment to halve homelessness by 2020 and shows this 11-year-old government is tired and void of ideas to address Victoria’s chronic housing crisis.” Ms. Lovell said.
“It took 1,264 days for Labor to produce the Victorian Integrated Housing Strategy; now it seems vulnerable Victorians have another marathon wait for Labor’s promised homelessness strategy.”
The Victorian Integrated Housing Strategy also suggests the Brumby Government has abandoned the Rudd Government’s target to halve homelessness by 2020, with the strategy only including a vague commitment to reducing homelessness.
“Something is very wrong in Victoria because the Brumby Government continuously fails to meet its own targets and deadlines.” Ms. Lovell said.
“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.