Pressure for LNP backflip as tenant service moves to close
THE Queensland Opposition is applying renewed pressure on the LNP government to reverse its decision to axe Tenant Advice and Advocacy Services on the Fraser Coast.
Former Housing Minister Bruce Flegg announced the service - which provides free information, advice and advocacy to tenants and residents in Queensland - would have its funding removed and be wound up in October last year. That decision was followed by a Federal Government announcement that it would step in with emergency funding to ensure TAAS could at least continue to operate until June this year, saving up to five jobs in the region.
Now, with that deadline approaching, Shadow Housing Minister Jo-Ann Miller has renewed the Opposition's push for the government to reverse its decision.
"TAAS services including the Fraser Coast service at Pialba have proved their worth as a source of information and advice for tenants who might otherwise be ripped-off by unscrupulous landlords," Mrs Miller said.
"I am calling on the new Housing Minister Tim Mander to reverse the previous minister's decision last year to axe these services."
She said the LNP must provide funds to ensure TAAS continued beyond the financial year's end.