It has been revealed the Gillard Government has left 158 public houses in the Northern Territory in limbo without tenancy agreements, Shadow Indigenous Affairs Minister Senator Nigel Scullion said.
“The revelation came in a response to a Question on Notice at Senate Estimates in October asking how many refurbished houses were not under tenancy agreements,” Senator Scullion said.
“Taxpayers should be concerned. You wouldn’t rent your home to someone without a tenancy agreement but the Gillard Government does.
“This would only be the tip of the iceberg – how many more new houses and rebuilds are without tenancy agreements?
“Incompetence and mismanagement are the hallmarks of Labor’s hopeless Strategic Indigenous Housing and Infrastructure Program (SIHIP).
We saw it in the way they went about building and refurbishing houses with millions wasted on substandard housing – now they are showing they can’t properly manage them.
“They always have reasons but it is not good enough when houses are occupied by tenants without tenancy agreements.
“The communities that had the most houses without tenancy agreements are the Alice Springs town camps (29 houses), Minyerri (28) Beswick (20) and Ramingining (19).
“In these communities there are families living in houses without any legal protection and the Commonwealth’s property is not protected.
“The Gillard Government’s much trumpeted $1.7billion housing program is not delivering value for money in construction nor is it protecting the taxpayers’ investment. They don’t have tenancy agreements and they don’t enforce them when they have them.
“SIHIP has a history of cost blowouts and shoddy work and Labor has dropped the ball on the management of the houses as well,” Senator Scullion said.
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