State News

Labor’s house of horrors

15 November 2023

Only 34 social homes will be built in three years
Labor to deliver less than 1% of promise by election

Damning new analysis of the Palaszczuk Government’s flagship Housing Investment Fund has revealed less than one per cent of the promised 3600 social homes will be built by the next State Election.

The Opposition has released the projections after it was revealed rental affordability in Greater Brisbane had reached its lowest-ever level.

In 2021, the Labor Government cobbled together a housing plan and promised Queenslanders the Housing Investment Fund would deliver 3600 new social houses in four years.

Since the announcement:

  • No homes have been built
  • 200 homes are under construction
  • Only 34 homes will be completed by the 2024 Election
  • Chermside social homes delayed until 2024
  • Redcliffe social homes delayed until 2025
  • Queensland Housing Crisis has worsened

Leader of the Opposition David Crisafulli said Labor’s housing plan was a cocktail of broken promises, false hope and little progress.

“Labor put a media response ahead of a housing response,” Mr Crisafulli said.

“Queenslanders are living through a housing crisis and the Palaszczuk Labor Government can only deliver 34 homes in three years.

“Vulnerable Queenslanders have been caught in the chaos and crisis of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

“Queenslanders no longer trust Labor to deliver.

“The LNP has put solutions on the table to ease the Queensland Housing Crisis, including prioritising infrastructure partnerships with local government to unlock more land for housing, unleashing the community housing sector and setting KPIs and delivering social housing projects on-time and on-budget.”

Shadow Housing Minister Tim Mander said Labor’s Housing Investment Fund had been a catastrophic failure.

“This tired, third-term Labor Government has run out of ideas,” Mr Mander said.

“While Queenslanders are struggling, this government is dithering.

“The Queensland Housing Crisis has not happened overnight, Queenslanders have watched Labor fail to plan and deliver and now we are living the results.

“Only the LNP has the Right Priorities for Queensland’s Future, including securing our housing foundations.

“Our priorities include improving housing affordability with more land supply and developing timely plans to identify what infrastructure and services are needed to accommodate our population.” 

Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships John-Paul Langbroek said the number of state owned and managed, and indigenous community housing fell by 103 properties between 2018 and 2022.

“More than one and a half billion dollars has been spent by the Palaszczuk Labor Government since 2018 yet the number of homes has gone backwards,” Mr Langbroek said.

Shadow Treasurer and Minister for Home Ownership David Janetzki said as well as looking after those struggling to keep a roof over their head the LNP had a plan to lift home ownership rates in Queensland.

“We want Queensland to go from the lowest percentage of home ownership in the nation to the highest by 2034,” Mr Janetzki said.