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Hargraves has a whinge about Federal funding for public housing

By Thumper - 31 July 2007 6

According to IBN, everyone’s favourite MLA John Hargreaves has accused the federal government of breaking its promise on a public housing deal by putting the funds out to tender instead of giving them straight to the state and territory authorities.

If I were the Federal government the last thing I would do would be to give funds directly to the ACT government simply on their track record of unaccountability and gross wastage.

Apart from that, isn’t housing a State and Local government responsibility? And it’s quite ripe the criticism coming from a local government that has shown very little interest in actually providing more public housing yet is big on rhetoric about the need for it.

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I-filed 9:23 pm 01 Aug 07

I’m not surprised at the feds’ move on this. There’s a family of five (wife, ex-husband, their two children, wife’s sister’s child – wife’s sister lives interstate unbeknownst to ACT Housing) whose three houses and one flat between them have a total of 11 bedrooms. That’s more than twice as many rooms as people! And ACT Housing is wondering why taxpayers, ratepayers and the Commonwealth have the s***s. And of course there’s “rental income” flowing to the tenants for four of the rooms.

Mr Evil 4:49 pm 31 Jul 07

Or Al Grassby statues, extra public holidays and arboretums.

Ralph 2:34 pm 31 Jul 07

They need this money, so they can then go and spend millions on other huge priorities for the ACT like solar panels.

Jazz 12:25 pm 31 Jul 07

there are certain criteria that has to be met under the commonweath/state housing agreement for each state to get a bunch of funding from the government for public housing. It is reported on every year if someone cares to look up the most recent results

Thumper 12:12 pm 31 Jul 07

Yeah, like affordable housing…

LG 11:46 am 31 Jul 07

Thumper, Thumper, Thumper, haven’t you been watching the news with Mr Barr, Hargreaves and Stanhope? Public Housing is a ‘priority’ of the ACT Government…

If only their definition of priority was the same as normal society’s!

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