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Friday, 4 May 2012

Public Housing Budget Horror

The Baillieu Ryan Coalition Government?s failure to properly invest in Victoria's public and social housing will result in vulnerable families waiting longer for the most basic human need – shelter.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said the government had cut funding in several areas of the housing portfolio despite growing demand across the State.

“Mr Baillieu?s second budget is a horror budget for families and individuals waiting for housing in Victoria,” Ms Edwards said.

“At a time when the public housing stocks are at a critically low level, the Liberal National State Government has cut spending on much needed housing.”

“This lack of public housing spending coupled with the axing of the Regional First Home Bonus, which encouraged regional Victorians to build new homes, has now assured that a crisis will descend into disaster for the most disadvantaged.”

“More significantly is what funding the budget papers reveal for future building of public housing stock – none! Not one brass razoo! Another year of Coalition dithering that will impact on the level of homelessness.”

Ms Edwards also criticised Housing Minister Wendy Lovell?s record of poor support for public housing and the evidence was stacking up against her.

She has:

- Failed to rule out selling off public housing;
- Released a homelessness „plan? that failed to set out any plans for assisting young people experiencing          homelessness, women and children escaping domestic violence, or people currently living in crisis accommodation; and
- Provided no new funding for building new housing since coming to office in 2010.

“This Government is proving to be one of the most indecisive, mean-spirited and inept state Governments on record. There is no leadership, direction or vision, and no action on solving the public housing crisis.” Ms Edwards said.

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