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More local families waiting for housing under Labor

The number of families waiting for public housing in Sale has already increased under the Andrews Labor Government, with close to 200 people now on the waiting list.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said quarterly figures silently put online by the government showed a disturbing trend, with the state-wide waiting list almost hitting 35,000 people.

Mr O’Brien said he was concerned the public housing waiting list was going to blow out like it did under the last Labor government, when it reached around 41,000 people.

“History is repeating itself under the Andrews Labor Government,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The public waiting list had been decreasing steadily under The Nationals in Government, but it’s taken just six months for Labor to undo everything that had been achieved.

“Despite Daniel Andrews’ promise to reduce the waiting list for public housing, it has now increased by around 800 people statewide in the last six months alone.”

Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government’s 2015/16 Budget forecasts a net loss in public housing residences, which will only force more people onto the waiting list.

“With a budget now in deficit it is hard to see how Daniel Andrews will be able to afford to reverse this concerning trend,” he said.

“Daniel Andrews should explain to local families and children waiting for public housing why they will wait even longer now for a home.”

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