Canberra Liberals call for urgent housing review


Shadow Minister for Housing Mark Parton is today calling on the ACT Labor-Greens Government to commit to urgently review their public housing strategy and address Canberra’s housing crisis.

The Productivity Commission’s latest Report on Government Services highlights that Territory spending on public housing has fallen by $6 million in the last year.

“This Labor-Greens Government has failed in its basic duty of care to thousands of Canberra’s most vulnerable residents, and they should be ashamed,” Mr Parton said.

“I’ve spoken to hundreds of ACT Housing tenants across Canberra and they’re being left behind by Labor and the Greens. As funding decreases, it will only get worse.”

The number of public housing dwellings in the ACT has also fallen, with 164 fewer residences in 2021 than the year before.

“There is a housing crisis in Canberra that Labor and the Greens have refused to acknowledge or take action on.

“This Labor-Greens Government has turned their backs on public housing tenants and it’s not good enough.

“Once this Government acknowledges its shortfalls, the ACT can engage with Community Housing Providers and work together to offer affordable housing to the Canberrans who need it most,” Mr Parton concluded.