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QUEENSLAND HOUSING CRISIS: Regional Queensland most-unaffordable place to rent in Australia

14th November 2023

Palaszczuk Labor Government’s housing failures cost Queenslanders

Alarming reports today that Queensland has become the most unaffordable place to rent in Australia is yet another example of how Queenslanders are paying for Labor’s failures.

In the past year Queenslanders have experienced the largest rent increases of anywhere in Australia at 9.5%, while also facing record-low availability of rentals at 0.87%.

The Queensland Housing Crisis is a direct result of Labor failing to release land ahead of population growth, with residential lot approvals plummeting 30% during the last decade under Labor.  

Shadow Minister for Housing Tim Mander said the Palaszczuk Labor Government’s chaos and crisis was costing Queenslanders dearly.

“Never before has there been a more difficult time to find, secure or keep a roof over your head in Queensland, than now under the Palaszczuk Labor Government,” Mr Mander said.

“Queenslanders are fighting against the lowest rental vacancies on record and the biggest rental rises in the nation, the situation is dire and getting worse.

“Some Regional Queenslanders are now paying more than half of their income on rent in this Queensland Housing Crisis.

“Regional Queenslanders are paying a devastatingly high price for a decade-long Government failure to plan and deliver the land and housing we need.

“Our State is in the grip of a housing crisis fuelled by a lack of new homes to accommodate our growing population, pushing rents out of reach for too many Queenslanders.

“New houses have gone backward by nearly one-third, all while our population continues to grow, as forecasted. 

“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.”