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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

GOVERNMENT EXCLUDES REGIONAL TENANTS FROM PUBLIC HOUSING CONSULTATIONS

GOVERNMENT EXCLUDES REGIONAL TENANTS FROM PUBLIC HOUSING CONSULTATIONS

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards today accused the Liberal National Government and the Housing Minister Wendy Lovell of excluding large areas of regional Victoria in their sham public consultation process for public housing tenants.

According to the Department of Human resources website large areas of regional Victoria are being excluded from the process, Ms Edwards said.

“Public Housing tenants in the North West, right across the South West and the Upper Murray in towns such as Mildura, Swan Hill, Warrnambool, Portland, and Wodonga will be left in the dark about the Government’s proposed changes to public housing tenure and rental because the Baillieu Ryan government have ignored these areas in their consultation process”.

KPMG have been contracted by the government to conduct consultations in response to the release of the Government’s discussion paper about public housing.

“Thousands of public housing tenants in regional Victoria have been left without a voice when it comes to their future, because once again the Baillieu Ryan Government has got it wrong and are neglecting people in regional Victoria”.

“What the Minister should realise is that there are many public housing tenants who do not have access to the Internet to access the information line, and there are many public housing tenants who do not have the financial capacity, or physical ability to attend consultations hundreds of kilometres from where they live”.

“The consultation process so far has been an absolute sham. The Government has failed to adequately publicise these consultation meetings and as a result attendance has been poor with only around nine tenants at the Bendigo meeting and even less at the Shepparton meeting”.

“If the Government were serious about being inclusive and open and transparent with this discussion paper and their plans to raise public housing rentals, sell off public housing stock and limit public housing tenure then they would broaden the scope of these consultations, publicise them more broadly and include regional areas”.

“The Government’s consultation process ends on the 31st July – so they have another month, and I call on the Minister to get the consultations right and broaden the scope to include public housing tenants in regional areas”.

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