Queensland has an unprecedented opportunity to fix the state’s housing crisis, with Prime Minister-elect Anthony Albanese rising from public housing to the nation’s top job.

QCOSS congratulates the Australian Labor Party on their election victory and their commitment to build more social housing and form a National Housing Supply and Affordability Council. But they say Albanese must stick to his promise of leaving no one behind and fix Queensland’s housing crisis.

Aimee McVeigh, CEO of QCOSS, said:

“We should be proud as a nation that a person who grew up in social housing is our Prime Minister.

“It is now the Prime Minister’s responsibility to ensure that kids like him have the same opportunities.

“Last year, 15,287 children aged 0-19 years old turned to specialist homelessness services in Queensland because they didn’t have a safe or stable roof over their heads.

“In just five years, Queensland’s public housing waitlist has blown out by 80 per cent and families, the elderly and women escaping domestic violence have nowhere to go.

“The outcome of the federal election shows that Queenslanders want change. We are living through a housing crisis characterised by record population growth, increased housing costs and woefully inadequate supply.

“We need an ambitious national housing and homelessness strategy to end Queensland’s housing crisis. The community services sector is ready to work with all levels of government and the private sector so that kids currently living in cars, tents and hotel rooms, can move into social housing and see that this country cares about them as much as it did about our Prime Minister.

“The housing crisis must be fixed by state and federal government investment. QCOSS is also calling on the Queensland Government to deliver on their values around social housing through further, significant investment in the state budget in June,” McVeigh said.

QCOSS and 11 community organisations are running the Town of Nowhere campaign, calling all political parties to address Queensland’s housing crisis.

McVeigh said Queensland’s vote was also a powerful message from the community on the importance of climate action and gender equality.

“Queenslanders have voted for change and for social justice, including more equality for women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and better support for families and the elderly,” McVeigh said.

23 May 2022