Turnbull must rule out housing cuts

The Palaszczuk Government has called on the Turnbull Government to rule out cutting national affordable housing and homelessness agreements to pay for Scott Morrison’s ever changing thought bubbles.  

Minister for Housing and Public Works Mick de Brenni said that any cuts would hit vulnerable Queenslanders the hardest, increasing the likelihood of homelessness amongst at risk groups.

“Robbing Peter to pay Paul is no way to decrease homelessness,” Mr de Brenni said.

“The Commonwealth has repeatedly failed to give certainty to the homelessness sector with the National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness only guaranteed until June.

“This uncertainty has only been compounded by Scott Morrison floating a series of thought bubbles through the press.

“Any cuts to these programs would force service delivery to grind to a halt, forcing vulnerable people into homelessness.”

Mr de Brenni said the Palaszczuk Government was focussed on modernising housing to meet the changing needs of Queenslanders.

“Over the last two years we have delivered new, accessible housing that caters for the needs of vulnerable Queenslanders like our seniors and people with a disability.

“We currently have over $130 million in new construction projects underway or ready to commence, which will yield 540 new homes.

“Queensland needs funding certainty to continue this important work.

“Any attack on funding puts our ability to deliver for vulnerable Queenslanders at risk.”

Mr de Brenni added that Queensland’s hands-on approach to the delivery of housing was making an impact.

“The recent national Report on Government Services showed the Palaszczuk Government is firmly on the right track when it comes to services.

“Queensland was rated the best in the country across a range of measures including housing for people with a disability and state owned and managed Indigenous housing.

“Abolishing the National Affordable Housing Agreement, as has been floated in the press, would be a disaster. It would set housing back twenty years.

 “Failure to live up to this responsibility will see vulnerable people pushed onto the streets, and Queenslanders aren’t willing to cop that.”

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