Victoria Shadow Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell
Housing Not A Priority In Brumby’s Budget
Victor P Taffa
Victoria Housing Minister Richard Wynne has not even bothered to issue a 2010-11 Budget press release, demonstrating that Victoria’s housing crisis is a very low priority for the Brumby Government according to Shadow Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell.
Ms. Lovell said the Brumby Government’s budget revealed a lack of investment in new public housing to address Victoria’s public housing waiting list.
“Budget Information Paper No.1 (p.126) reveals the Office of Housing plans to start just a handful of new projects in 2010-11, which will add just 32 dwellings statewide to Victoria’s public housing stock.” Ms. Lovell said.
“Something is very wrong in Victoria when the state has a public housing waiting list of almost 40,000 families, but the government fails to announce any meaningful funding to invest in new public housing to help house these vulnerable families.”
Ms. Lovell said the Budget also revealed a concerning increase in early housing waiting times.
“Average waiting times for early housing have consistently increased under Labor, blowing out from 2.8 months in 1999 to an expected outcome of 8 months in 2009-10.” Ms. Lovell said.
“The Brumby Government has set a target of eight months for average waiting times in 2010-11, which suggests the government is happy to accept longer waiting times and is not doing enough to house Victoria’s most vulnerable.”
“The first home buyer bonus will only assist those who can afford to buy their own home. The Brumby Government’s Budget provides very little for those battling Victoria’s increasingly tight private rental market or families languishing on Labor’s public housing waiting list.”
“Premier John Brumby and his lazy Housing Minister have created a housing crisis at all levels and is now washing their hands of their responsibility, leaving thousands of Victorian families struggling to put a roof over their children’s heads.” Ms Lovell said.