Queenslanders locked out of homes

Palaszczuk Government fails to unlock land, the LNP can reveal the Palaszczuk Government’s failure to unlock land for new housing has locked out a generation of Queenslanders from homes.

Government figures show residential lot approvals have fallen leading to a critical shortage of supply.

Shadow Minister for State Development, Infrastructure and Planning Jarrod Bleijie said the Palaszczuk Government’s failure to release land for development was why the state is in the grips of the Queensland Housing Crisis.

The figures show residential building approvals across the state have fallen 27% year-on-year since the Palaszczuk Government came to power falling from 25,300 in 2015 to 18,300 in 2021.  

In South-East Queensland residential lot approvals have plummeted from 20,700 annually (2015) to 14,700 annually (2021). That is a huge decrease of 29%.

“At the heart of the housing crisis is the Palaszczuk Government’s failure to plan,” Mr Bleijie said.

“Queenslanders have been locked out of homes because the Palaszczuk Government has failed to unlock land.

“The Palaszczuk Government has squeezed housing supply out of the market meaning homes for Queenslanders have not been built placing extraordinary demand on existing housing stock. 

“The Palaszczuk Government must explain why residential lot approvals have fallen so sharply as the population increased on their watch.”

Mr Bleijie said it proved yet again that this third-term government’s failure to plan had severe ramifications for Queenslanders who can’t find or afford a roof over their head.

“This shortage of housing supply is another disastrous failure by this government,” he said. 

“The Palaszczuk Government has given up on listening and cannot be trusted to fix the Queensland Housing Crisis because they created it.

“Queenslanders deserve so much better.”

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