Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

7 March 2018

Will Hodgman, Premier

Urgent housing summit

The Liberal Government will convene an urgent summit to address Tasmania’s housing shortage.

The summit will be held in Hobart next week and will bring together experts from across the state in key sectors.

Today, we will be extending an invitation to peak bodies like TasCOSS and Shelter Tasmania, as well as key stakeholders from the housing, building and construction, property, real estate, local government, non-government and university sectors.

By working together, I am confident we can identify practical actions that provide immediate assistance to Tasmanians in need.

It is not acceptable for Tasmanians to live in tents because they cannot find an affordable home.

As a Government, we have identified several policies to help address this problem, including building another 1,500 affordable homes, the first home builders grant, the first home buyers stamp duty and the land-tax holiday.

But we recognise more immediate action is needed; nor do we have all the solutions ourselves.

We will work together with the experts to identify the best, immediate solution.

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