House debates

Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Statements by Members

Housing, Dunkley By-Election

1:50 pm

Photo of Michael SukkarMichael Sukkar (Deakin, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Social Services) Share this | | Hansard source

The Prime Minister is a gold medallist for broken promises, and today we see another broken promise. The government's 1.2 million homes promise has already been trashed. It's in tatters. TheAustralian today reports that the government will miss that target by hundreds of thousands, and it's no surprise to Australians out there who know, with fewer homes being built, fewer homes being approved, first home buyers at record low levels and rents skyrocketing, that this government's got absolutely no idea when it comes to housing.

It was very good to recently visit our wonderful candidate in Dunkley, Nathan Conroy, who understands the failures of this government on housing, who understands the pressure that the residents of Dunkley are under, whether it's higher rents or their inability to get into their own home. In that regard, I want to thank those of Beechwood Homes who hosted Nathan and me—Matthew Mepstead, David Rossiter and Susan Daly—who took us through some of the challenges that the residential construction industry is dealing with and the piles of additional regulations being placed on them by this government. Rest assured, the people of Dunkley have a champion in Nathan Conroy, who will fight for the first home buyers and for the people struggling with crippling rent increases, because we know that not only will this government miss every single target but they've got no idea and no plan when it comes—

Photo of Sharon ClaydonSharon Claydon (Newcastle, Australian Labor Party) Share this | | Hansard source

The member for Bendigo.