Broken promise leaves hundreds of Queensland families homeless

More than 1 in 5 homes the Palaszczuk Government promised to deliver haven’t been built and Queensland’s social housing waiting list is the fastest growing in the country, this is the broken promise that leaves hundreds of Queensland families homeless.

That’s the fallout from a damning assessment contained in the Auditor-General’s scathing report which shows the government broke its promise leaving more than 600 Queensland families without a roof over their head.

This is despite the government promising to meet current demand and build 2972 homes in its social housing strategy released in 2017.

Instead, the Auditor-General found only 2314 have been built since 2017 – a shortfall of 658.

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said the scathing report showed a culture of a government that’s refused to act, refused to listen and failed to house the most vulnerable.

“What’s particularly troubling is the government has failed to acknowledge just how serious this problem is,” he said.

“At a time when Queenslanders are genuinely concerned about putting a roof over their head, at a time when the social housing waiting list continues to blow out, the government is failing to listen and failing to act.

“We have working Queenslanders living in tents and cars and the Premier is living in a social media bubble.

“We have solutions on the table which include more adequate land supply, working with the community sector to deliver social and affordable housing and building government projects on time and on budget.

“We are determined to drive change to make housing affordable for those who want to rent and for those most vulnerable who need a roof over their head.”

The Member for Toowoomba wants to see more done in the social housing space in Toowoomba.

“Social housing is an important safety net for vulnerable Queenslanders – it must be treated as such.

“Overhauling the social housing management system is critical to ensuring we can look after our community’s most vulnerable.”

Shadow Housing Minister Tim Mander said the Premier’s post on her Twitter account showed she lived in a parallel universe.

“This just showed that the Premier is tone-deaf to the thousands of Queenslanders who are on the social housing waiting list looking for somewhere to live,” he said.

“It is an insult to the tens of thousands of Queenslanders on the waiting list for the Premier to brag about her government’s record on social housing despite the Auditor-General’s damning report.

“The facts speak for themselves.

“This government cannot be trusted to deliver for Queenslanders.

“Queensland deserves so much better than this.”

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